Learning Marathi & Hindi


Babies Can Speak Marathi

Baby’s first words are exciting, something to look forward to. There was a bit of added suspense in our home, will they be English words or Marathi words? Baby babble is universal, the first sounds and noises every baby makes are similar across the globe. When my son started to produce sounds, I made a […]


Which Language Will Your Baby Speak?

“Will your baby speak Marathi, or just English?”, she said as she looked at me, almost disapprovingly. As if my influence would be shielding my son from speaking the local language. I had to suppress my urge to turn defensive and simply smile and say, “both”. I didn’t even know who this woman was. Why […]


I Can’t Write My Child’s Name

We are planning to have Rohan’s naming ceremony next month (better very late than never) and we have started to think about how we will do it. We know the venue, who we are going to invite, what food we are going to serve and we’ve decided to decorate the […]

rohan written in Hindi

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Slip of the Tongue!

I am no polyglot or linguist and my tongue has really struggled to grasp the new sounds the Marathi language has exposed it to. I’ve been told by native Hindi speakers who live in Maharashtra that it’s hard for them to pronounce some Marathi words as well, which makes me feel a little better. It doesn’t stop the people I meet […]


Marathi & Me 52

Since arriving in India, I have been completely lost in translation. Sitting in a room of people, all of them laughing, except me, sitting there in silence, having no idea what the joke was. I have been picking up a couple of words of Hindi and Marathi here and there but I […]