India is a country of twenty-seven official languages, most of which can be separated into two main groups: Indo-Aryan and Dravidian. Most of the former languages are spoken in the northern part of the country while most of the latter is spoken in the south. I would go as far as to say the majority of Indians are at least bilingual (if not trilingual) with most educated folks knowing English and some amount of Hindi along with their own regional/ethnic languages.
Naveen knows four languages: English, Malayalam, Hindi and Tamil (ordered from most to least proficient). His regional/ethnic dialect is Malayalam, the official language of Kerala, which falls under the Dravidian category and is one of the hardest Indian languages to learn thanks to its origins as a Sanskrit/Tamil hybrid.
I personally speak only English and a little school mandated French at the moment, but since having met my boyfriend I have found myself intrigued by his native tongue and as things have grown more serious so has my desire to learn it for a variety of reasons. However, while I have found a lot of resources when it comes to learning Hindi, I have found a distinct lack of material of which to learn Malayalam from. Scratch that, there is almost nothing of use out there other than a few phrases put up by native speakers here and there on the internet.
Hence, I decided that as I seek to fulfil my own new year’s resolution to learn Malayalam that I would give back to people out there like me who are in a relationship with a Mallu by giving them the tools to learn the language as I do, too.
So please, if you are interested, kindly return here every week for another lesson and participate in our little online classroom!