Hi, there! Just yesterday, I heard a mother and her little son talking. The mother was talking in English with her son, obviously to help him get used to English. Of course, it is a brilliant idea. Where else will the kids learn if not at home? But the problem is that if at home, the kids learn wrong English then it is almost impossible to make them relearn correct English once they have grown up.
The eager mother was talking in wrong grammar and wrong pronunciation with the little boy and he was repeating everything like a parrot. Only superhuman efforts stopped me from intervening (interfering), it is definitely not my business to keep correcting people. I cannot be a teacher to strangers. And that is why I am keying in my frustration here…
You want to speak to you children in English, you make sure that you first learn English yourself. Do not teach them wrong English as you are going to do more harm than good. Just talk in your mother tongue if you are aware of the fact that your own English is not good. Imagine what would a person who himself does not know how to drive properly, goes on to teach driving to a novice (beginner) do? Accidents! Right?
So make yourself perfect first, before teaching or talking to your kids in English.
Well, good intentions also require hard- work.
Today, let us learn some vocabulary related to sleep:
When you are tired and exhausted, what do you feel? You feel ‘sleepy’, isn’t it? What is this ‘sleepy’ feeling called? How do you express yourself? You say, “I am feeling ‘drowsy’, which is the same thing as ‘sleepy’. Now when you are ‘drowsy’ what do you do? You ‘yawn’ (bagasoo in Gujarati). But remember, yawning is kind of contagious, (infectious) one person ‘yawns’ and he or she spreads it to everyone around him or her, so be careful when yawning. Also, in meetings, interviews and other professional situations never ever yawn. It will show your lack of manners. Instead of ‘yawning’ with your mouth wide open, curb it (stop it from coming).
Ok, this is something that you and I love to do, that is, after we have had a huge (big) lunch, we love to hit the bed (go to sleep). What is this act called? Well, sleeping in the afternoon is called ‘siesta’. ‘Siesta is also called ‘a catnap’ or ’40 winks’.
Do you know, I have always felt very jealous of people who can sleep at just about any time and just about any where. These people have no such issues of too much noise or wrong time of the day, they will just put their head down or rest it somewhere and they are off to into the world of their dreams. Talking about dreams, have you ever had nightmares (bad dreams)? I hope not because once you get a nightmare you end up not being able to sleep at all.
But then, those who do not get sleep because of nightmares are definitely better than those who do not get sleep at all, without any reason. These people are usually irritable, what else can you expect, if a person is insomniac, (not able to sleep) he or she is bound to be cantankerous (irritable).
Insomniacs have to be, at times, given a soporific (sleep inducing) medicine, sometimes some of them may find reading soporific, yet others find music soporific. Yes, you got it right something that helps you sleep is called soporific. Yes- yes, children, especially, babies, find a lullaby (child’s bedtime song) soporific, so their mommies or their daddies or someone elder in the house sings a lullaby to them.
This is it. Have a great sleep tonight.
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