Saturday, April 20, 2019

My Language learning story

Soon after I walked out of induction after a heavy reading of Hindi paper. I reasoned myself that Hindi on paper is tough but, not when you speak.  I told myself may be people use colloquial language. Just like the suggestion in the paper mentioned. Contextual learning will help. I assumed that learning through colloquial languages and interpreting from those words would be easy. 

Right after Induction, I attended the Basic Numeracy, Literacy Workshop. Before I gather all the curiosity, enthusiasm, I was dismayed by the way the session was held.  Everyone was into the session right from the start sharing their ideas, doubts. I gave my full attention and understood few things contextually just like how Mahender Ji in the session was mentioning. "Through contextual learning, children learn the language." Yes, Indeed I'm learning and understanding Hindi through context language.


4 hour session ended I'm dumbfounded to be able to understand a few words and be clueless about a lot of things. I tried asking for the translations who sat beside me. Once, twice, they bore me.  At a point, I couldn't disturb them beyond a point.


Maksad. Never heard in the lifetime and I was told, it means Objective. Objective of learning a language.

I knew my objective of being there and tried hard to understand few things.

Long way to learn the language


Comes the next day, where Maksad has been stated right at the beginning of the session and it was all about Maukik. Another new word which I heard for the first time. After enquiry, I got to know, it's oral learning.


And I'm there learning the language orally. The basic literacy session was more than the Maukik and also seemed to be a lot of maksads are covered.  I learnt few other words and tried discussing with people during breaks on what was being told.


The worksheets helped me a bit but, nevertheless it was Maukik learning that I had good time understanding the language a bit.


I'm here to teach the basics of the language English, while I'm struggling to learn Hindi. It seems a great advantage to be the learner and also the teacher.


Learning the language with all the difficulties. I'm acknowledging and reflecting all the difficulties I'm facing and trying to relate how kids would go through the same phase.


I've backed out many a times when I couldn't understand at all. And I can also assume when kids would back out.


It's interesting to be the learner at first and understand all the issues. It's gonna be interesting to teach the kids trying to acknowledge all the problems that they may face in future.

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