You can read about my son’s language skills here in this post. He chose to keep quiet than to talk in Tamil (his mother tongue). He started speaking fluently only at the age of 3.5 – 4 after he started going to school full day. But that too only in English.
Someone asked him recently what his mother tongue was and he replied that its English. I was too shocked to reply and when I discovered my voice, I reminded him that he speaks in Tamil to his both set of grand parents.
He replied: “I know tamil only enough to talk with them”.
Though there is a small nagging worry that his Tamil is bad, I am more relieved that the kid is communicating in some language at least!
Anyway…Bhagus, my two-year old niece, talks only in Tamil. Now that kiddo is there, he speaks to her in a mix of Tamil and English. He asks her to “Food chappidu” (Eat your food) and “You vilayadu”(You play with me), when he is talking with her.
But this took the price.
Kiddo (in phone to me): “Bhagus is always killing me.”
Kiddo: “Yaah..Now mama is also killing me.”
At that point, my brother took the receiver from him and clarified “Bhagus is pinching him” (Tamil word for pinch is killu).
Now let me pinch myself when I send this post to Blogging Marathon 27, a month-long marathon for April. You can hear more stories from other participants here at the Blogging Marathon page.
Recipe Source: Simple Vanilla Cupcakes
Makes: 16, depending on the size
- All Purpose Flour : 2 cups + 2 tbsp
- Baking powder : 2 tsp
- Salt : 1/4 tsp
- Sugar : 3/4 cup
- Butter : 1/2 cup (softened)
- Eggs : 2
- Milk : 1 cup
- Vanilla : 2 tsp
- Add ons : 1/2 cup (choco chips, berries (I used dried cranberries), raisins – optional)
- Preheat the oven to 180C. Line cupcake liners in a muffin pan.
- Cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time and then the vanilla essence.
- In another bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together. Add this to the creamed butter, alternating with milk.
- Coat the berries (if using) with the 2 tbsp flour set aside initially. Add this to the cake batter and mix till everything is incorporated.
- Fill the liners 3/4th full and bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer comes free of batter when inserted in the middle.