8 Mar 2010
A very old post I wrote on Language Development here.
Now, the poll results.
Number of people participated – 141 (People living in India = 43.9% + People living outside India = 56.02%)
99.29% know at least one Indian language. 30.49% know at least two Indian languages. 24.11% know at least three Indian languages.
89.36% have at least one language common with their spouse. Only 4.96% do not have a common Indian language with their spouse. Some people did not explicitly specify the languages the spouse knows and there were some unmarried people. That comes to roughly 5.6%
92.19% of us feel strongly(7 or higher on a scale of 1 – 10, one being the lowest and 10 being the highest) that our children must know at least one Indian language. 3.5% rated it at 5 and 0.7% rated it at 1.
In spite of 89.36% of us having at least one common language with our spouse, and 92.19% feeling strongly about their child speaking an Indian language, only 29.07% of us speak to our children in an Indian language.
I am not specifying the % of children who can talk and understand and Indian language because some were very young children and the number would not be a true representation.
Couple of personal revelations:
After this poll, I have a new gained respect to the standardized polls with restrictive choices. I always thought the generic polls are too foo-foo, but hey one learns something new every day-huh?!
Also I underestimated the power of the blogging mommy network, I did not expect such good turn out. I spent a great deal of time parsing and organizing the data.
I would like to thank you all for your time and your valuable inputs.
Keep tuned for more on Language Development in young children.