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Query from: priya, India, 12/04/07
Topic: BOOKS      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Subject: teaching malayalam

ammas ,my daughter is 3 yrs old. i want to teach her malayalam. is there any alphabet books or story books or anyother method thru which i cld teach her. i wont be going to india for another year and no-one cld send it to me too. is there a possibility to get used books from anyone?i also want to know of a good method to teach her english alphabets. i dont want to sit down and force her to learn.. is there any method which shd wld enjoy?

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Response from: Indumukhi A.,   
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Source: This information comes from my own knowledge.
Most studies show that there is no advantage to kids learning to read and write early, before kindergarten. While parents are often in a hurry to teach, at this age kids' minds are often developing in other ways-- you'll notice, for instance, that many kids who can "read" at 3 actually just have a knack for memorizing and recognizing which words should go with which pictures!

So don't worry too much about sitting down and making your daughter learn the alphabet. As long as you build a good linguistic foundation for her, and encourage her to think and use her imagination, she will have no problems with language as she grows older! The best thing you can do to ensure she becomes fluent reading and writing both languages at this age is to speak to her in both languages (not in baby talk!) and to read to her, frequently, avoiding allowing her to watch or "learn" from tv or videos (numerous studies show kids who watch tv have smaller vocabularies than kids who don't, even when they're watching educational programs like "baby einstein").

So there is no magic method. The smartest kids, and the kids who do best in school, are those whose parents sit down to them every day and read to them, who buy them books, who visit libraries and encourage lots of reading.

So I definitely agree that you are smart to want to buy Malayalam picture books and English picture books and share both with your child. Initially, bilingual children may not be quite on par in either language with their peers, but this goes away by second or third grade-- when they have an advantage for life!

Many educators and child psychologists believe there is absolutely no benefit and potential harm to trying to force kids to learn alphabets and phonics before the age of 5 (or later!). But if you instill a love of books and inspire your little chatterbox to talk (by asking her questions, by encouraging her to tell you stories, by encouraging her imagination and not penalizing her mistakes but gently encouraging) you won't have any problems in the future.

Sorry I can't send you anything. Do you live in U.S.? One thing I found in the U.S. was that some very good Barnes and Nobles will have storybooks in hard-to-find Indian languages in their foreign language section. I saw kids' books in Telugu and Malayalam and Tamil in addition to Punjabi and Hindi at the Barnes and Noble in New Haven, CT(affiliated with Yale University). If you live in a college town you might be able to find these, too.

Otherwise, I highly recommend these websites for ordering online:

http://www.languagelizard.com/Malay…

http://www.worldlanguage.com/Produc…

http://library.uiuc.edu/edx/forlang…

http://www.youarespecial.com/servle…

http://www.multilingualbooks.com/ch…

(Again, I don't recommend using tapes or videos for a 3-year-old to "learn"-- regard this only as entertainment. Your voice and your hubby's voice are going to be her teachers, not cassettes or videos!)

Best wishes. Keep up the great work parenting! Your baby is so lucky to have a mom who cares so much about her education, even at such a young age.

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Response from: Geetha Gopakumar,   
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The fact that there are very few websites teaching Malayalam doesn't necessarily mean that you can't find such comic magazine etc.online. Malayala Manorama is at your service online in both English and Malayalam.Try to download the Varamozhi font fron Net to your PC.

The Vidyarambham Malayalam Tutor CD-ROM has been designed keeping in mind those who are new to the language. If you already know to speak the language.The CD is devised in a way that makes learning the language systematic and at the same time simple and fun. Initially we familiarize you with 'swarangal' (vowels) and 'vyanjanangal' (consonants) - the basic Malayalam alphabets. Then we proceed to form, read and write the sentences. Vidyarambam CD is well prepared for kids and my kids love to watch it & learn through it.I hope more NRI Malayalees will buy this CD and introduce it to more friends who are interested in learning the language. I have already introduced it to several of my friends and hopefully they will purchase a copy each soon. http://www.vidyarambham.com/aboutcd… You can buy it online. Through Games & Stories are the best ways to make them get interested to learn any language including malayalam and english.

Also here is a site -http://www.geocities.com/malatutor/… which is useful for children and adults who want to learn malayalam on line and also to print the alphabets/letters of malayalam in a big size. also many more things like audio sounds to pronounce, etc. etc. many facilities and utilities. Try with it since now a day children are more interested in computers from their infant age itself. Combine the use of it with your child's malayalam learning skills also. Its a very helpful site.

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Response from: Latha Jayaprakash,   
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DearPriya,

For kids teaching two languages at a time will be difficult. I have faced it myself. I was in Chennai at that time. My Grandpa wanted me to learn Malayalam and started teaching me the alphabets at a young age. I had started learnibng Tamil at school then and with that English.

English I could manage because it was different but Tamil and Malayalam, I was getting confused. The letters lok alike but the pronunciation is different . So just learnt to talk and read first and then learnt to write also.

So just teach your daughter to talk in malayalam now and let her learn English now. That'll the best you can do. Otherwise she'll get slow with both the languages.Her mummy and daddy are the best tutors for her. Just talk to her in malayalam at home. She'll learn that. It should always be mother tongue at home. Children will never forget that. We were taught like that.

Our parents were very particular that we speak malayalam only at home and not English and tamil. Other languages wherever they are , kids learn from school and their friends. Somake it compulsory that you and your husband talk to her in Malayalam and not in English as is found in many of the homes. All the best

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Response from: Vidyullatha Kandipati,   
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Hi Priya, One advice from me is dont mess your daughter with english and malayalam. Let her learn one language first. There are methods where is can play and learn english ... First best way is there will be word games for children to play and learn ... Second is you can give her some books containing colourful pictures where she can also learn ...

For teaching malayalam .... If you are in a position that no books are available for you to buy ...Then go to internet download or copy the ebooks you can take print outs and teach you daughter ... I wonder if you are a malyali y do u need the help of books to teach malyalam ... Any some links which I know are ...

http://malayalam.usvishakh.net/for-…

http://www.amazon.com/Learn-Malayal…

http://kerals.com/malayalam/literat…

http://www.worldlanguage.com/Langua…

http://www.multilingualbooks.com/ma…

http://www.vidyarambham.com/…

http://www.word2word.com/coursead.h…

http://www.ats-group.net/languages/…

http://www.languageshome.com/Malaya…

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Response from: Indu P,   
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hi priya, since u r a malayali u can teach her malayalam on ur own. u can order online kalikudukka storybook from manoramaonline. ur child will surely like it.. check ths for malyalam letters: http://www.geocities.com/malatutor/…

For english alphabets there r lot of websites. http://www.literacycenter.net/lesso…# http://www.storylineonline.net/…

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Response from: vidhya kumar,   
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Dear Priya There is a website called http://www.vidyarambham.com.You… can buy an interactive CD-rom package. It is very nice. Youger kids learn easily from visual media.And for the English alphabet, try http://www.starfall.com/…. This site is very interesting and also give a good intro to phonics. Iam sure kids enjoy learning it from computer as it is very interactive and informative.

good luck vidhya

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Response from: jeshma Mohandas,   
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to teach malayalam there is no need of books.www.1000files.com/free/alphabet.htm… check http://www.indiamart.com/maheshpubl… ull get all sorts of books to teach ur child.make songs of own

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Response from: NEERAJA NAVEEN,   
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u can download malayalam alphabets in the link below and can teach her:

http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/…

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