They are not from India, but they came with a purpose. They decided to live and work for a long time in India. Language is one of the basic barriers to communicating with local people, so I am here to teach Kannada.
My Name is Anusha Adiga. I am 21 years old and I am working in an NGO. My home is close to FSL-India’s Centre for Experiential Living, Kundapur and I teach Kannada to 8 volunteers from Germany.
This is the first time that I am teaching Kannada to foreigners and I was bit afraid, mainly because of the different accent. I also had a question in my mind as to how I can make them understand Kannada with the proper accent, meaning, and pronunciation. Finally, I agreed to teach Kannada and I am satisfied with my work.
As I started to teach, I realised that their pronunciation was really good and they already learned how to introduce themselves in Kannada. I see that they are dedicated and motivated to learn Kannada.
I believe “A new language is a new life”. In a few days, they became very comfortable with the local lifestyle. The volunteers learned useful daily life phrases and words like ‘saku’, ‘beku’, ‘hogi banni’, etc. These volunteers are working in different projects like regular teaching, sustainable agriculture, and environmental projects. They work with the local community, where they need Kannada to explain their work and also have communication with their host families. I also do translate what they want to say in their working community. They practise each day and use the phrases outside.
I feel proud of myself because I am teaching my mother tongue to someone who is truly interested. This experience is like “learning by teaching”. I am also learning many things from them.
Totally, I am happy to express my gratitude to all my students (I will say ‘my friends’) and thank you to FSL-India for giving me this wonderful opportunity.