If you have kids, chances are, you repeat yourself alot throughout the day. From asking them to get themselves ready and out the house to getting them to the dinner table, we sound like a broken record most of the time.
Although it may be annoying to have to remind your kids time and time again to do (or not to do) a particular thing, these “repetitive” interactions make for the perfect opportunity to learn a new language, and in our case, Arabic!
Just because you don’t know a language all that well, doesn’t mean that you can’t teach it or engage in a conversation. While there are many methods of teaching languages, one of my personal favorites is to use Communicative language teaching. Since you are engaging in real-life communication in the target language (Arabic), you tend to absorb it a lot quicker. Before getting started, keep in mind:
How to get Started when Teaching Arabic
You will need to learn the common phrases you use everyday, translated into Arabic (you can use google translate) but keep in mind that you will need to modify the verbs a bit depending on whether you are speaking to a boy(male), or a girl (female). If you have a friend that is a native speaker, enlist her help. Since google translate will sometimes translate things a bit too literally for longer phrases, it’s important to get a second input.
Here is an example of some common words and phrases you will most likely use in the morning with your child. The letters in parenthesis are the letters you will need to add if you were speaking to a girl vs. a boy. Generally, you will need to add a “i” at the end of each imperative verb when speaking to a girl, and an “a” or “at” at the end of the adjectives when speaking to a girl.
Good Morning! It’s time to wake up – sabah alkhyr! han waqt alaistiqath. صباح الخير! حان وقت الاستيقاظ
Speaking Arabic with your child allows you to hone in on your Arabic skills without the pressure and fear you may feel in front of an outsider. The sooner you start, the more you can inshaAllah capitalize on your child’s innate ability to learn languages (which will decrease with time). Since all Muslims should make an effort to learn Arabic for the sake of our religion, why not start your Arabic learning journey today?
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