Wednesday, May 7, 2008

i've learnt a new poem...



cub junior came home yesterday, all bubbling with news...he loves talking about his day... every single thing is important, be it the taekwondo step he learnt or the chocolate he got...

"Amma, my hindi teacher taught us a new poem. You want to hear it?"

"Sure", i said

"Aaya, aaya , paagal aaya"

"huh, paagal?..you sure she said paagal? ' i question

"she said paagal' he insisted...

so i opened his hindi book and sure enough, the poem was printed there...

and it read

"aaya, aaya, baadal aaya"

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obviously, he had heard it as paagal...and paagal it will remain... till hopefully the teacher notices and corrects him...(crossing ,my fingers here)...because a teacher is always right...!!!

He used to speak Hindi so well, he dreamt in it...i used to despair about him learning to communicate in English. Now 8 mths in Singapore, english has become his chosen language...and he's learnt it too well...more than he's supposed to know... :)

29 comments:

~nm said...

That was really funny!

There are times when I also worry about Betu learning to communicate in English but then I look at us and think, he will also learn. SO our main language for conversation stays as Hindi!

--xh-- said...

baadal se paagal.. :) kids do pick up languges very fast... and learn what ethy dont have to learn at the first instance...
by the time I was in 5th, i was well versed in all teh swaer words in malayalam, and i knew that it is bad and my mom and dad will kill me if i tell anything @ home.. so i used them only with friends... ;-)

brocasarea said...

lol...paagal..guess he doesn't know its meaning!!:))

Rambler said...

it had been a long time..good to see S n S antics here again :)

Sumana said...

Oh my that was funny.

vEENs said...

hehehe! sweet na!

pagal...!

even now... i do that to all the Hindi songs i hear :D

no that i dntknw... it just sits on my tounge and i cant correct it darn :(

J said...

Lol!!! That is so darn cute.

P.S: I hope the teacher doesn't correct him :D

Pointblank said...

yeah yeah! paagal baadal only??? Why the hell doesn it rain?!?!?

And yeah, more english than he is supposed to know.. LOL!

Mama - Mia said...

:)

first time here!!

we call our l'il one Cubby so was really intrigued with Cub Tales!! :)

kids are just so cute!! lovely post!!

cheers!

Suma said...

nm::

perfectly true..,kids pick up very fast...and seriously the lil one has surprised me a lot in this respect...

bro::
he knows the meaning but he also believes in his teacher...it sounded like that and if she said paagal, then she said paagal...

Suma said...

xh::
i have son in te 6th grde now...i should be scared!!!

rambler...

they r always up to something...

sumana
:)

veens::
u must hear me sing in hindi then...;)

j::
yikes...!!! i better not ask him to say any poems for the next one month now, esp in view of my india trip...

pb::
paagal baadal...hy that sounds perfect when said together...'cos its true... lol...

mama-mia..
thank you...

Neera said...

hey I have a question - when did u start taekwondo with Jr? And what has been ur experience by far?

Thanks for the tips in the last post abt handling the unwanted words ..ignoring it is !!

Solitaire said...

Hahah!!
So funny!
Why don't you write more about all these precious moments?
And you in Singapore? They teach Hindi there?

Emaan said...

hilarious !
my mommy cudn't stop laughing for a while.... he he he
nice blog :-)

Suma said...

hey neera::
just left a response at ure place...

solitaire...
they are in the indian international school here...where hindi is part of their syllabus..:)

emaan..
hey welcome here...and soon enough we will be reading about your antics ;)

Swati said...

Thats too funny :)

ceedy said...

nice.....kids are the best...now if u look at it minutly...for him the baadal is paagal as it hides the sun and there goes his play time....so it all makes sense i guess :)

Pavi!!!! said...

How smart is that..replaced baadal with paagal..another correct word...not like the word doesn't exist in Hindi rite? ;-)

haha..my frend is trying to teach her 3 yr old daughter to talk tamil(their mother tongue)..n the li'l one retorts sayin.."moommy i can learn french if i must know another language, not tamil please" . hahahahhaha

Solitaire said...

Yeah? My aunt teaches hindi there...Manda Mehta. Know her?

Suma said...

swati
:)

ceedy::
now that was one interpretation which made sense, tho i doubt whether that ran thru his head...

pavi!!!::
smart, i don't know, cute definitely...i love his talk because he is still speaks his mind and i love that...

ceedy said...

thats a ssecret we can never know....

Suma said...

ceedy::
perhaps :)

solitaire...
there are 3 indian schools here...one has 3 branches too...which school/branch would it be?

Solitaire said...

Oh no idea. When she started teaching , there was only one..and that was the year they introduced hindi as part of the syllabus....maybe a decade ago.

Suma said...

Oh...then i wouldn't know...'cos their hindi teachers always seem to change...

Just Like That said...

LOL! And i know that bout teachers always being right!

Gazal said...

hey

xh is a bad example to the kids.don let him anywhere near.lol

well,inovation is the mantra these days.Btw i do this in my class.i ask them to replace some of the words with other rhyming words and make the poem funny.the kids do a fantastic job.IT'S HILARIOUS

HEH..haven't been caught by the authorities till date...hehe

oormila vijayakrishnan said...

I am a teacher and the parents of my kids say that my word is the gospel for them. But try saying things to my toddler... Ha! For her, the only thing that works is HER teacher's word.... so, if you got to get her to pin her hanky on her T-shirt while going to play-school, you got to say- "Teacher told you to do it!".

Cooking Station said...

came here from Nags blog. Your blog title says u r a kannadiga..? and my son pronounced baadal as badala and we had a hearty laugh over that poem too..Nice to know fellow Singapore blogger :)

the mad momma said...

LOL! got here via Gauri's blog. too funny.. and you're right. the teacher is always right and there is no point wasting breath and trying to correct them.