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Your Webmaster learned that India has 22 official languages.
According to Census of India, the total number of mother tongues
spoken in India is 1652. However, only around 150 languages have
a sizable speaking population. The Indian census of 1961 recognized
1,652 different languages in India some not native to the subcontinent.
Over 75 million people speak Telugu. Marathi has the fourth largest number of native speakers in India after Hindi, Bengali and Telugu in that order.
Learn about the region called Andhra Pradesh Andhra Pradesh is one of the 29 states of India, situated on the southeastern coast of the country. The state is the seventh-largest state in India. On 2 June 2014, the north-western portion of the state was bifurcated to form a new state of Telangana. Andhra Pradesh's longtime capital, Hyderabad (City of Pearls), was transferred to Telangana as part of the division.
The Food of Andhra Pradesh Telugu cuisine is a cuisine of South India native to the Telugu people from the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It is also the cuisine of the Telugu-speaking population of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu with slight variations due to local influences. Generally known for its tangy, hot and spicy taste, the cooking is very diverse due to the vast spread of the people and varied topological regions.
Maharashtrian cuisine Maharashtrian or Marathi cuisine is the cuisine of the Marathi people from the Indian state of Maharashtra. It has distinctive attributes, while sharing much with other Indian cuisines. Traditionally, Maharashtrians have considered their food to be more austere than others.
Learn about the region called Maharashtra Maharashtra is a state in the western region of India and is India's second-most populous state and third-largest state by area. It is the wealthiest state by GDP and also the most industrialized state in India. Maharashtra's capital is Mumbai (formerly Bombay) called The City of Dreams.
Brittannica's view on Maharashtra Maharashtra occupies a substantial portion of the Deccan plateau in the western peninsular part of the subcontinent. Its shape roughly resembles a triangle, with the 450-mile (725-km) western coastline.
Let's travel to Maharashtra via Lonely Planet Maharashtra is an expansive canvas showcasing many of India's iconic attractions. There are palm-fringed beaches; lofty, cool-green mountains; Unesco World Heritage Sites; ; and bustling cosmopolitan cities (and gorgeous vineyards in which to escape them). In the far east of the state are some of the nation's most impressive national parks, including Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve.
Chennai City tour in 2 minutes
Chennai (formerly known as Madras) is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is the biggest cultural, economic and educational centre in South India. Chennai is known as the "Detroit of South Asia" for its automobile industry.
The Language Gulper A neat NEW find with detailed descriptions of the main languages of the world in a clear, concise way. Its scope is not only living languages but also ancient ones of historical or cultural importance. So far, "The Language Gulper" includes 131 individual language pages, 40 about families and branches and 8 about linguistic areas. These two have an insatiable appetite for ancient and modern tongues. 2013 Alejandro Gutman and Beatriz Avanzati
360 Cities A really cool site that takes you all over the world to view close up and with 360 degree views with just your Mouse.
Taj Mahal at sunset A super view of the Taj in the early evening. Now go exploring all over India for more sites.
Languages on the Web Lonweb.org is a huge resources with thousands of language related links. A super new find.
Urdu Phrases and Common Sentences This site contains a table including the following: Urdu phrases, expressions and words in Urdu, also called Pakistani conversation and idioms, Urdu greetings and survival phrases or simply if you want to know what to say when chatting.
Travel to India Top Travel Destinations this Season. A collection of some of India's most enticing holidays.
Maplandia for India from GOOGLE India Google Satellite map that maps India locations. Maplandia.com enables you to explore everywhere in India through detailed satellite imagery - fast and easy as never before. Try it... it is an awesome site.
Tegulu & Marathi language teacher hints, advice and tips
I know from my own experience that being on a continual path of self-improvement is an absolute necessity toward be a good teacher. Hang out with other educators that you admire. Watch them closely and learn from them. Imitation is the greatest compliment! Join your Tegulu & Marathi language association plus two foreign language teacher associations (state and national: ACTFL- (http://www.actfl.org) and attend their annual meetings on a regular basis. Get involved anyway you can with each. Rub noses with people at the TOP. Get to know the officers personally. Keep in contact with them. Use these association offerings, suggestions and resources.
Whenever you can in your own environment, ask to observe colleagues in action in their language classroom. Pick up ideas that work for them and adopt and adapt them to you own classroom. Always be on the "lookout" for new ideas, new means of teaching, new ways to incorporate things that work for others into your own methodology. Don't hesitate to ask questions of teachers who have had much success as to how and why that happened. I used to observe elementary teachers and how they interacted with their young students. Always something to learn. "Learn from the mistakes of others. You'll never live long enough to make all of them yourself." Another that I always loved is "If you think you're green, you will grow - if you think you're ripe, you will rot."Ã‚ÂAll true. Don't rot! That's an axiom that will never grow old. You may think that you are the best, but you're not. There is always someone better than you. (I learned this playing basketball) Learn from them. Know what the best practices are and be aware of the current online resources that can be of great help to you and your Tegulu & Marathi students.
Keep your Tegulu & Marathi classroom presentations FRESH. Keep up with innovation and the changing needs of your students by incorporating technology such as computer use, iPhones, iPads, e-mail and a host of other innovations into your routine classroom activities to communicate with others in the target language and to access authentic resources. Stay current with options and trends in the field such as the National Standards and know how to incorporate them into your daily plans. Hopefully these few ideas will aid in your growth and success. Stay with it. Don't throw in the towel like many have, but again as I point out above, whatever new ideas you discover, you must first adopt and then adapt. Not everything you see elsewhere will work for you as I have personally learned. You must adapt those ideas to your own classroom. There are a host of great ideas available on all these sites, but they are only as successful as you will make them. And perhaps most important of all, do ask your Tegulu & Marathi students often how they feel about what they are doing and learning and what they enjoy the most and the least in your classroom. Most of all, do enjoy your students and share yourself with them. [They don't care how much you know until they know how much you CARE] I hope that you picked up some ideas here that will aid in your total success. Have fun in your classroom. (ps I picked up these ideas in a recent dream and wanted to share with each of you) I'm 72 but never too old to learn and never too old to share ideas. Best yet, why not be learning another language yourself? Check out one of the sites above. It is a great means to experience first-hand what your students are feeling. Now you are "walking in their moccasins." Don't forget to have FUN doing it.
Jim Becker: BA, Cornell College (Iowa): MA, La Sorbonne (Paris): PhD-AbD, The Ohio State University (Foreign Language Education).