Most of us are familiar with English Spelling Bee. Some of us might know the French, German and Spanish Bee that happen in UK, but there has never been a Hindi language Bee. US Hindi Association (USHA) has organized a Hindi language Bee, named as Jano Hindi Bee (“Jano” means Know in Hindi). Open for students enrolled in their Hindi language classes, the Bee is meant to encourage language learning and increase vocabulary among them. USHA is active in the SF Bay Area for more than 6 years in the field of Hindi language teaching. It holds afterschool and week end classes in more than 50 locations for school going children as well as adults. As a way to improve vocabulary and give a little competitive edge, the USHA team came up with the idea of a “Hindi Bee”, says the director Ms. Ruchita Parat. Although all the other spelling bees concentrate on telling the spelling of a word, the Jano Hindi Bee will be a competition that will ask for meaning of Hindi words in English and making sentences using them. There are more than 700 children who are taking advantage of the Hindi language classes. The children learned a list of few hundred words along with the meaning. There are three rounds for the competition. A class round is being held in each class room and the winners will be going to the Semi-final round, where they will compete with students from all over Bay Area. The final round will choose the champions. Ms. Parat says, the enthusiasm is tremendous among the students as well as the parents. We are overwhelmed with the response and children are working very hard, in spite of their busy school schedules. They are very eager to learn and compete. We believe we are going to have a very tough competition.
India is a very diverse country and there are 22 official Indian languages and many more local languages. The USHA student body consists of students coming from various language backgrounds, many of them not using Hindi language at home. The Jano Hindi Bee has tried to find a common ground and hence the competition is for the English meaning of Hindi words.
The Semi-finals and Finals of “Jano Hindi Bee” will be held on March 24, 2012 in Milpitas in the Jain Center of Northern California at 722 S. Main Street, Milpitas, CA 95035 between 2.00 pm – 6 pm.
The event is free and open for USHA families.
USHA also offers Hindi Cultural Summer Camps called as “Camp Jano India”. This year the organization is offering Summer Camps in six Bay Area locations on San Jose, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Oakland, Foster City and Fremont. For more details you can call 650 493 1566 or visit www.JanoIndia.com.
For more information on Jano Hindi Bee, Jano Hindi Classes or to purchase Jano Hindi games and other educational products contact Director Ruchita Parat at 650.493.1566 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to visit the Jano India blog at www.JanoIndia.com. LIKE their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/
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USHA is active in the San Francisco Bay area in the field of Hindi Language education by offering classes for children through after school programs. USHA also conducts Adult Hindi language classes and Indian Cultural Summer Camps.
USHA offers classes in more than 50 locations all over Bay Area which includes south bay, peninsula, and east bay.
Everywhere more than 700 students benefit from the classes offered by USHA, in an attempt to get closer to there Indian heritage and the official language of India. USHA has developed its own curriculum, educational products and study materials for these courses. Children from the age group of Pre-K to 5th grade can study 5 levels of Hindi language course, starting from Beginner to Advanced. A special Summer course called Jano Hindi Summer Academy is designed for Middle school aged students where they get an opportunity to complete these courses in a summer.