by Isa Thompson
I have actively been studying Telugu since the summer of 2015 when I began studying Telugu at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. That Telugu course was the first step towards my nearly life-long goal of being fluent in Telugu. I spent a large portion of my childhood in a Telugu speaking part of India. During this time I developed an interest in learning the language, which has turned into a passion for learning Indian languages in general. This passion has led to my current pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in South Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington in Seattle. The emphasis of my bachelor’s degree will be Sanskrit but I am also currently studying elementary Hindi. Studying both of these languages has been a lot of fun.
Now that I am older and have learned about the ancient palm leaf manuscripts that are written in Telugu, it has become my life’s goal to translate these manuscripts. The ability to translate them accurately and well will take at least several more years of study and, given the volume of manuscripts, is by no means a one-person endeavor. This is why it is so exciting that there is a group of us attending the intermediate Telugu intensive this summer at the University of Wisconsin. By studying Telugu together we hope to not only bring this ancient knowledge to the world, but also to encourage other people to study Telugu and to make the process easier for them.
is currently an undergraduate student in her third year of studies at the University of Washington, Seattle, majoring in South Asian Languages and Literature.