As they say “Necessity is the mother of Invention”, so is the story of Punjabi Pad
Born and raised in Seattle, WA USA Milan worked for The Boeing Company for 4 years prior to opening her company LingoDodo and launching Punjabi Pad. She had always been in love with the Punjabi culture. She grew up going to every Gurmat Camp in Seattle, did Gatka and Kirtan at our local Gurdwara.
Milan’s husband Alex aka Pali is born and raised in Copenhagen Denmark and also had a high position in The Boeing Company for 5 years. He taught himself to read and write in Punjabi.
LingoDodo is born out of their personal need and passion for creativity, learning, and entrepreneurship. Their two wonderful kids Jasleen (age 9) and Jayvyn (age 4) years old became the initial source of inspiration when they encountered difficulty in teaching them the native languages, Hindi and Punjabi. Jasleen was sent to Sunday school at the local temple; however, she felt left behind in the classes. The problem was not the school, but rather the lack of basics of the language because of hectic work schedule, busy days and general lack of time. They were looking for other solutions and were frustrated to discover that a lot of toys and tools were available in the market, but only in English.
Milan and Alex did not want their kids to grow up without knowing their roots, culture, and language. When Jayvyn received a gift from a friend that was an electronic alphabet (English) learning tablet, they thought, “Only if this tablet could teach our son Punjabi.” And Voila! the idea for LingoDodo was born. Lingo means language and dodo is the famous extinct bird. Milan and Alex did not want our Punjabi language to be extinct from our future generations. Hence, they combined the word Lingo Dodo.
After that came two years of planning and production. Then they decided to quit the corporate jobs and launched LingoDodo full time as this was close to their heart.
How Punjabi Pad works?
Punjabi Pad teaches Gurmukhi letters (alphabets), numbers in Punjabi, colors in Punjabi, music (Punjabi rhythms/instruments) and everyone’s favorite Quiz Mode that quizes you on what you have learned in Punjabi. Punjabi Pad is strictly in Punjabi and makes it fun for kids and even adults to learn our language.
How can people benefit from Punjabi Pad?
Children as young as 1 years old, start interacting with learning toys. They can push the buttons and learn Punjabi sounds and pronunciation of the alphabets, numbers and colors.
It is a great gift for all ages: for children, parents, and teachers. The Punjabi Pad offers a beautiful and fun way to create interest in learning the Punjabi language. The Punjabi Pad could greatly enhance community efforts in Sikh Diaspora to introduce and inspire children to learn Punjabi language, culture and spirit at a very young age. The response of young children to the fascinating music and joyful rhythms of Bhangra dance stored in the Punjabi Pad has attracted children’s attention and spontaneous response, and move them to interact with a colorful educational “friend” with the click of a button. This is when learning becomes fun and may begin a lifelong interest.
To order your Punjabi Pad
visit : https://lingododo.com/