As you speak, so you become...
My mom-in-law asked one of the kids’ friends.
No, I am English.
No way, my mil insisted, tell me what language your parents speak in when they are at home.
There, I told you-this means you are a Punjabi.
The five year old clarified furiously:
My daughters speak Hindi (tinged with Punjabisms) with their “North-Indian” friends, English in school and with all other friends, and Bengali with grandparents. With us, they use all three.
They also sprinkle their sentences with quite a few Tamil expressions, learnt from the “day-care aunty”, Telegu words gleaned from the maid who works there, and a lot of Kannada absorbed from all around.
I wonder what they are…