Bloganuary 2023, Day 4, A treasure

Tamil script

What is a treasure that’s been lost?

I have lost so many material things in my life. All those can be retrieved.

When I had my younger one, we watched him like a hawk to see his growth milestones. He was a bit delayed in language and he was just picking up English. He never got hang of our mother tongue Tamil. It really did not bother us since, unlike his brother he was typical.

When he was in first grade he started Sunday school at our local temple. This was our first attempt at us exposing him to our culture. It took a few years before they started our language class but it was too late. He was already doing so many other activities that him learning our language took a back seat and we pulled him out of it soon. But we did continue his prayer classes at the temple.

We did have our language channels for news and soaps and movies on TV but with everything available on youtube we disconnected those services. So whatever little language he was hearing on our TV also stopped.

As my younger one finishes his High School and gets ready for college I now feel I have failed to pass on our language to him. He can fluently understand our language but cannot make a conversation. There are so many components of the language that he has lost. So for me I would say I have lost a treasure called tamil language for my son. I didn’t regret when he was little but as he grows up I feel that has been thrown away.

Okay, this maybe an opportunity for me to forward my blog to him and request him to take more interest and learn our language . With so many online tools if he puts his mind he can do it. Anyhow the language is in his DNA.

Anyhow if he does get married and has kids, I plan to be like Marie (I love Raymond, mother in law) and may be place myself in his house more often than I am welcome and teach his kids Tamil.😊

16 responses to “Bloganuary 2023, Day 4, A treasure”

  1. I think since Mahesh understands when you speak in Tamil is a great start, now he would need to learn the words he is hearing and the grammar and pronunciation. I think he may want to when he goes to college and maybe meets other people who speak English and also other languages. Maybe he could take Tamil classes in college much like people learn French, Spanish and German. I think if you acted like Marie, that is do funny😂. She was always coming over to Raymond’s house to help out, ha ha.

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    1. I am happy if he can make simple conversation 😊. I may not go to clean like Marie did anyhow just visit 😂!

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  2. Loved reading about your lost treasure but hopefully your son would get inclined towards the language as he grows up. Also kudos with the reference to Everybody Loved Raymomd. I love that show. 😍

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    1. Thanks! I hope he does!

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  3. It is hard when you can’t go back and redo things. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for reading.🙏

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  4. I kinda understand what you write. But for me, It’s in myself. I took some time to self-study other countries’ languages but forgot to take a stop and learned my local language. I, somehow, understand what other people are talking about (in my local language) but I can’t speak a word of it. Thank you for sharing~

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    1. It takes a lot of effort to speak another language and of course self interest matters.

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      1. That thing too 🥴👍🏻

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  5. It is good your son understands. I hope he develops a desire to learn to speak. Language is a part of heritage. I had a friend years ago, from France. When her family was together for dinner, they each communicated in a different language, so each learned seven languages. Before and after dinner they could speak French. But at dinner time, they learned other languages. Perhaps, dinner time is speak Tamil.

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    1. Wow applaud that family. Yes, I have to find a time to make him special.

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  6. Tamil is so neat to see 😊

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    1. Thanks. It is one of the oldest language with great literature!

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      1. I think it is fascinating. Like Sanskrit.

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  7. thank you for sharing your heart – language is more than just speaking, it is holding onto a history, a culture, a world, and it keeps a connection to all who have gone before. Our world seems to have lost respect for many things of value including older people who were treasured in my past. Sharing your heart and unconditional love may help draw your son to want to gain more knowledge of your and his heritage.

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    1. When I was young I didn’t understand the value. As I age I feel guilty and as he gets ready to leave for college. After I wrote this I pushed him to use more words and he is doing it. It is surprising how much vocabulary he has. Thanks for reading.🙏

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