Sometimes in life, we get lucky and get to be taught by an extra special teacher that is willing to go above and beyond because they are passionate and dedicated to teaching.
At Eurekly, we are proud to have Professor Ashish, a highly skilled teacher of English, ESL, Hindi, Sanskrit, and Portuguese.
Ashish born and raised in India currently lives with his wife, a professor, in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. We recently sat down with Ashish for a little Q & A session where we learned about India and his teaching style.
Q. Hi Ashish, tell us about your hometown in India?
A. I am from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. Varanasi is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, with settlements dating back to the 11th century BC. Many Hindus believe that dying in Varanasi brings salvation/nirvana and so they make the trip to the city when they realize that they are close to death. The scene of pilgrims doing their devotions in the River Ganga at sunrise set against the backdrop of the centuries old temples is probably one of the most impressive sights in the world.
Q. Hmm Interesting! So how did you land in Brazil?
A. Actually, my wife is from Brazil. We have been married since 2012. She had been visiting me in India since 2011. But in 2015, I decided to move permanently to Brazil. I really enjoy things here as it is quite different from India. People are very helpful and dedicated to work. In Brazil, we always have a festive environment!
Q. What kind of languages do people speak in India? What do you speak when you are in India?
A My family speaks both Hindi and English at home. Though my native language is Hindi, I was brought up in an English speaking environment. I went to a convent school where we were strictly asked to speak only in English.
India, however, is a country of varying cultures, traditions and languages. More than 30 languages are spoken by the people of India, and several hundred dialects. Hindi, English, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Oriya, are amongst the most widely spoken Indian languages. Since 1947, both, Hindi and English are used as the official languages of the country.
Q. What is your favorite Indian food?
A. I’m a complete foodie. Each region in India cooks their food differently. North Indian food is all steaming curries and hot bread. Very spicy and tangy food. East and North East Indian food mainly consist of rice, fish, and vegetable. South Indian food uses coconut as its main ingredients. West India, prepares wheat-based bread, spicy curries and uses onion in abundance.
Paneer (cottage cheese), Naan (a typical peninsular shaped bread with stuffing), Keema (Minced goat meat) Fish curry with rice, are a few of my favorite food items. I also love to gorge on Paranthas. (Bread made of wheat flour, molded in thin round shape and butter fried on both sides in medium to high heat on a flat base pan.)
Indian sweets are known as ‘Mithai’ in Hindi. We have very delicious sweets made of cottage cheese dipped in sugar syrup called Rasgulla. Although it may sound strange it is distinct in flavor and is very spongy to chew. ‘Ras’ means Syrup and ‘gulla’ means round balls.
Q. What do you like to do when you are not teaching?
A. I love learning languages, traveling, meditation, listening to and chanting mantras & other ancient Sanskrit hymns. I also enjoy watching Hollywood and Bollywood movies.
Q. Tell us about your teaching and lesson style?
A. I am a Certified Professional of English, Hindi & Sanskrit with over 10 years of experience. I have students who are doing PhDs, Masters; and those who want to travel to countries like USA, UK, INDIA etc. for business or travel and students who need to pass TOEFL, IELTS, and other Exams.
My lessons are flexible and designed to suit individual needs with a focus on the understanding of the language. I teach students all aspects of English, Hindi, Sanskrit & Portuguese language, namely conversation, pronunciation, listening and reading as per their requirements and requests.
Q. Do you have advice for students wanting to learn a new language?
A. I would just suggest that a student of any language shouldn’t be in a hurry. Learning is a gradual process. It is a journey with interesting paths and delays and obstacles to overcome. Take your time to really enjoy the ride. Have fun on the way.
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