Teaching a child to speak a particular language is purely a personal parenting choice. More so, if you want to train your kid to speak local languages. Let’s look at how we can train our kids to speak Hindi, our national language.
Thanks to the renowned educationists who developed the various learning styles that today we are aware about learning not being confined to just one specific way but learning in multiple different ways at the same time. You could learn from books and homework but it also means immersion through, games, chatting, movies not to forget songs!
Songs are great because they are short and catchy and non-Hindi speakers can just repeat the sounds and look legitimate. Recall humming to Psy’s Gangnam Style? Our very own Bollywood movies and songs are my all-time favourite. In fact, a lot of my advanced Hindi and Urdu comes from listening to the many songs with my Dadi.
HOW TO TEACH IT
Make sure you introduce the songs in the right way. Introduce the first few lines of the song and its chorus. Avoid showing videos if you don’t have to as then the focus shifts to the visuals and not learning. Explain the meaning behind the key words. For instance, “Mera Joota Hai Japani” – explain that “mera joota” means “my shoe,” and that “Japani” is “Japanese”
IMPORTANT TIP: Add some snazzy hand actions to each line of the song – and watch as they get sucked into the beautiful vortex of Indian music.
FINDING WHAT IS KID APPROPRIATE
This is the hard part. We can’t go with all the kid-songs traditionally learnt in India (because TBH “Naani teri morani ko mor le gaye, Baaki jo bacha tha kaale chor le gaye” may seem offensive) and trust Bollywood to talk about only “pyaar, junoon” and dying for each other.
That’s why I’m going old-school, to a cleaner time. Here’s a list of 10 kid appropriate, fun songs that are always a hit!
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