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12/04/2017 Comments: Be the first! Posted by: Vaishali Patel In:
Ramooji Toochakaa – Jokes If you are Gujarati and you had a privilege of growing up in India then you have heard the “Haathi ane Kiddi” (Elephant and an ant) jokes. Here is one that my 5-year-old niece recently told me, In Gujarati: Ek Divas ek Haathi ane ek Keedi santaakookadi ramataa hataa. Haathi e...
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10/09/2017 Comments: Be the first! Posted by: michele miller In:
Raising soft hearted kids in a cold, disconnected and impersonal world…. We live in times where everybody is so engrossed in their own problems, own growth and own success that we have forgotten to value and respect each other. This is very prevalent where we see, not just teenagers anymore, but all of us hooked...
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08/21/2017 Comments: Be the first! Posted by: Vaishali Patel In:
Isn’t it funny how many years later you can recall the simple nursery rhymes you learned as a child? This can be in any language. It could be “Twinkle Twinkle…” or “Ek biladi Jadi…” I personally love songs, especially Gujarati nursery rhymes and I think they are a great way to learn a new language....
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08/07/2017 Comments: Be the first! Posted by: Vaishali Patel In:
Maha Sudarshan choorna or Sudharshan ghanvati It’s the official name for this Ayurvedic powder which is also now available in small pills. In Gujarati families, it is known as Kadvaat as this particular herb is bitter and I mean bitter. It was a routine growing up in our family if you had lots of candies...
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07/25/2017 Comments: Be the first! Posted by: Vaishali Patel In:
Gujarati learning through fun activities: Learn the names of fruits and vegetables in Gujarati In our live classes, students receive homework each week that allows them to use their Gujarati learning and enhance it further by actually using it in the real world. In this activity, the students were given a scavenger hunt assignment to...
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07/17/2017 Comments: Be the first! Posted by: Vaishali Patel In:
Who was Mahatma Gandhi? When I asked this question to the students in our face to face live Gujarati class, here are the answers I got from the kids who are second and third generation in the United States: Is he the bald guy with glasses? Didn’t Ben Kingsley play him in a movie? Didn’t...
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07/03/2017 Comments: Be the first! Posted by: Vaishali Patel In:
Kehvat – Early to rise… “Raate vahela je suve, vehalaa oothe veer,
Bal, budhdhi ne dhan vadhe, sukhamaan rahe shareer…” The literal meaning of this is, “One who goes to bed early and who wakes up early will have strong body, strong mind, health and lots of wealth.” English Idiom similar to this is: “Early to...
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06/26/2017 Comments: Be the first! Posted by: Vaishali Patel In:
Story in Gujarati is known as Vaarta. Sitting on our porch listening to my grandma tell stories to all the neighborhood kids is how I spent my summers in India. In this series, I will be sharing different Gujarati stories in Gujarati and in English to help you understand them. This is a story about...
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06/12/2017 Comments: 4 Posted by: Vaishali Patel In:
Where are you from? Tu Kaya Gaam Ni Chhe? India ma Taru gaam Kayu? These are normal questions Gujarati people get asked when they meet other Gujarati people from different parts of Gujarat. What part of the state your ancestry is from makes a difference in how you speak the language, what traditions you follow...
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06/05/2017 Comments: 2 Posted by: Vaishali Patel In:
Bole tena bor vechaay…. Discretion helps! Shakespeare once said the better part of valor is discretion. Knowing when to speak and when to be quiet is a skill we all have to learn. In Gujarati language and Gujarati culture, these little life lessons are passed down through idioms and proverbs known as kehvat. Many cultures around...
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