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It’s extremely important that kids have motivation to learn Urdu. How to increase their motivation is not as difficult as you might think.You can simply do the following
Offer them rewards for learning extra words or phrases (e.g. , a chocolate bar from Afghanistan, a trip to a Urdu restaurant, or his/her favorite place, such as an amusement park)
Especially for small children, including infants and toddlers, surprises are proven to increase motivation. If you play games like peekaboo (for babies) your child will be able to keep paying attention to the program.
Playing games like hide and seek by counting in Urdu or a cardboard game will do the trick.
Keep it short and simple
Not only adults but also children automatically lose interest if what they are asked to do is difficult. When you ask them to learn only a few Urdu words at a time, they will find the task more enjoyable and increase their confidence in learning Urdu.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice makes it perfect the old saying goes. If your child has no opportunity to practice what he/she learned, you can make sure that all the efforts are in vain.
-Test & quiz
You can speak to your child in Urdu if you know how to speak Urdu . If you don’t know how to speak Urdu , you can still ask questions like “what is “this” in Urdu?” by showing an object. If you know a few words in Urdu, you can show him/her 2 objects and ask “which one is “…”?” Kids love drawing things, you can also play with your children and ask them to draw objects by calling object names in Urdu , e.g. “can you draw me a …?”
-Talking with native speakers.
Another way of practicing Urdu is giving your child opportunities to interact with native speakers of Urdu . It would also be a fun family activity to visit a place where Urdu is spoken such as a Afghani restaurant, Pakistani supermarket, Islam culture center, mosques, Urdu school, Pakistani community center etc.
Flash cards might sound like an old school method but they are effective. Similar to Dino Lingo motion images, how flash cards work is very simple: they create object-sign associations in your childs brain after a short period of exposure. You can use Dino Lingo Urdu Flash cards or make your own and practice with your child. If you are wondering about how to use Urdu flash cards you can check out our blog post about Glenn Doman.
-Songs & Cartoons
Dino Lingo Urdu is a perfect combination of songs and cartoons. You can also find tons of Urdu songs and cartoons available online. It is also not a bad idea to buy some Urdu children’s song cd and play it in the car or at home as background music. Studies have shown that even background TV can increase children’s vocabulary.
If your child knows some Urdu , you can purchase Urdu story books on the internet. If he/she doesn’t know how to speak Urdu , you can read fairy tales by replacing some words with Urdu words.
Let them watch Dino Lingo Urdu videos regularly and play Dino Lingo Urdu language online games.Visit places where Urdu is spoken such as Afghani restaurants, Pakistani supermarkets, Urdu culture centers, mosques, Urdu schools, Pakistani community centers.Play with fun educational stuff like Urdu jigsaw puzzles and Urdu toys. Don’t forget the posters (Urdu alphabet, sight words, flags).Interact with other kids who can speak Urdu or studying together with someone with whom they can practice Urdu.