Hi! Yesterday, in a bookstore, I happened to overhear a conversation between a couple and their little son. The couple was torturing their poor boy into speaking English and into buying story books of the same language. And the poor boy was nearly in tears with his parents’ half baked knowledge of English and their insistence on selecting a book of their choice.
Just leave your children alone, folks. What do you want them to become, Parrots? ‘Tell aunty your name, beta?’ ‘Sing a poem to her.’ (It should be ‘Recite a poem to her), ‘Tell her bye, no.’ (It should be ‘Say bye!)… Please! Stop eating their skulls and nagging (troubling) them all the time about English; it’s okay if they are not conversant in English. They will learn, that is, if you let them. Stop comparing them with every Tom, Dick and Harry (everyone and sundry)… This continuous pestering (harassment) about speaking and reading in English will put them off completely—of reading and of English.
You know what! Till I was in my MA Final, I couldn’t speak English to save my life. And now, it is my bread and butter; however, even now, the language that I can express my emotions best in is Hindi, obviously because it’s my mother tongue. At home, we never force our daughter to speak in English, if she speaks in it- fine, if not- it’s her choice.
Just because the neighbour’s child speaks fluent English, why should mine too? Maybe mine plays better football. Do you really think English is more important than your child’s self esteem which you’re denting (hitting, damaging) time and again by comparing her with other children and their knowledge of English.
Really, think about it! Sometimes, when you try too hard, it doesn’t work. Let your kids enjoy their childhood and as the time passes by, they will realize the importance of the things they should learn.
Now for Alok’s queries:
He wants to know, what is the appropriate statement for an event that happened at some time in the past?
‘Ten years ago or ten years before”
Alok, it is ‘Ten years ago.’
His second query:
Whether the word “Venerable” can be replaced by the word “respected” when addressing seniors
Yes, Alok, you can replace respected with venerable, both the words mean the same.
The venerable trustee decided to donate a part of his property to the hospital.
The respected doctor gave medicines for free.