Covid-19 forced kids to stay home getting bored, playing video games or spending time on Youtube or other mobile apps. There is very limited teaching by their school teachers. Parents can only give certain time to the kids as they have to do their own work. This is a typical scenario in many homes. As online school came to an end and summer break started for our kids, they had even more time to get bored (or indulged in TV or phone). As parents, we started thinking of productive ways to keep our kids busy. As Nepali parents, we always have a desire for our kids to learn Nepali. We even tried to teach Nepali to our kids by ourselves or by sending them to classes locally run by enthusiastic parents. However, those classes only go so far as the parents are not trained to be teachers. Moreover, it is always challenging for parents to manage limited weekend time in driving kids back and forth from the classes. Since June 2020, our daughters have been learning Nepali online from an experienced teacher in Nepal. Over the past two months, we have seen significant improvement in their Nepali skills, beyond our expectations. This success led to Kacaaki – an opportunity for kids (and adults) anywhere in the world to learn Nepali from experienced teachers in Nepal. We are starting with Nepali language, however please let us know if you or someone you know is interested in learning other languages. We will make it happen!
I was finding it hard to teach Nepali to my daughter. I along with another Nepali friend started taking her and my friend’s daughter to the nearby library and was teaching Nepali for about 2 hours every week. During COVID time, since we couldn’t do on site teaching, I enrolled my daughter in an online class being conducted by some friends in Maryland, USA. The teachers were all local volunteers. Situation was the same, the teachers were all professionals in different fields other than teaching. Even though this was much better than two of us taking our daughters to the library, I wanted more structured teaching with a defined curriculum by experienced teachers. This want shared with the founders of Kacaaki drove us to launch this online nepali language learning platform. We as founders of Kacaaki all share the same vision, to connect our sons and daughters to Nepal via Nepali language using an online platform. With the launch of Kacaaki, I am excited about the possibility of giving my daughter, eventually my son and many other daughters/sons from Nepali origin the opportunity to learn Nepali from anywhere in the world.
Research has shown that there are cognitive benefits of being bilingual. And, it’s a bonus to learn language from your roots – helps with self-identity and enables you to communicate with your loved ones back home. I wished the same for my daughter Bela. Bela learned to speak Nepali from a young age, however, when she joined Kindergarten her fluency dropped. She would spend so much time at school that the limited conversation we had at home couldn’t keep up and she preferred to speak English more than Nepali. This is a very common theme for kids who live overseas. Moreover, just speaking wasn’t enough for Bela to retain the words that she had learned. That’s when I realized she ought to be able to read and write as well so that she could remember the language long term, just like swimming or cycling. All of this changed after we started an online class for Bela and her two friends to learn Nepali from an experienced teacher living in Nepal. I am very happy with the progress she has made thus far and excited to see how far she will go. I am thrilled that we can now offer this learning opportunity to your family through Kacaaki. I hope you’ll sign-up.
My daughter Suditi has been taking classes via KaCaaki since the Covid-19 disrupted her regular school. Although she used to speak some Nepali at home, she has made tremendous progress in her writing skills already. Since Suditi turned 5 years old, we tried many avenues to teach her Nepali. We tried at home, and we tried to find Nepali parents with similar age group kids who were interested in teaching Nepali. Nothing seemed to work and as parents, we always wished there was an online, but cost effective way to teach Nepali to kids. With KaCaaKi, we are hoping that no other parents like us will have to go through the same frustration we went through. With minimal cost, we are hoping to connect teachers with students who are interested in learning Nepali.