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Hi Ladies, I go through posts in Il, like there is no tomorrow. And I find many of you from many regions of India. I am already using this site to get advise on anything and everything in my life along with guidance related to spirituality, cooking etc. I want to use this site to learn a language too. I am married into a Kannada (FIL) -Marathi (MIL) family - who grew up in Andra Pradesh and talk fluent Telugu from generations (My Luck!). But my FIL insisted - Demanded - Laid the law for everyone to talk in Kannada and only Kannada when my husband and his siblings were growing up. My poor MIL had to keep quite and learned Kannada. Everyone in the family followed his law strictly and started to speak Kannada only when he is around:) It is amazing to see how their conversation changes from Telugu to Kannada and back, as my FIL enters and exits the room even now. Same thing goes on phone too.
Now I am the point of attention. I am Totally & Purely - a Telugite. I was expected to learn Kannada from Day one and my FIL got the book 'Kannada in 30 days' when I was leaving for US two days after my wedding. But being here in US with my 100% Telugu talking husband (He doesn't talk to me in Kannada- even for practising for the reason that he doesn't want me to learn his broken and hard Darwad Kannada.) He says, if I am that interested, I should find someone from Bangalore/Mangalore to teach me proper Kannada. My FIL used ask me "Hegiddi" etc on phone..but poor guy gave upon me. Now I have a 2 yr old - very fluent in English - to whom I am trying to teach Telugu. Now I feel like I really need to learn Kannada and Marathi, so that I can give a pleasant surprise to my Inlaws and also that I can teach these languages to my child.
So, any Kannadigas and Maharastrians - willing to teach? I am sure some others also may want to join and learn.