“Knowledge is lost between arrogance and shyness.”
This quote has stuck with me. When learning a language, knowledge is so easily lost if I’m too shy to ask a question, or too arrogant to ask a question that may be perceived as too basic. I’ve been asked the question How do you teach Urdu to your children in America? a few times so thought I’d share how we attempt to teach Urdu to my preschooler (think toddledom is sadly come to an end) Z & now baby A. My Urdu has improved after having children as I have been making a conscious effort to speak to them in Urdu and it can be very rewarding to hear your child speak to you in Urdu!
So here are some resources we use:
Please also share your resources that you use!
- Urdu Qaida – great nursery rhymes!
- Hindi Baby Flash Cards – Z learned all her animals from this!
- Duddoo Aur Dhobi and an article on this app! – this app is interactive and entertaining. The music is catchy!
- Toffee TV – a wide variety of nursery rhymes, stories, and all in Urdu!
- Urdu Ustad – beautiful illustrations, GREAT pronunciation, interactive Qaida (letter book). Creator of the app, Adeel Javed, lives in the US and developed this app Urdu Ustad in his free time to teach young ones Urdu alphabet. The main goal of creating this app was to give a good option to families living outside of Pakistan who want their kids to learn Urdu. Goal accomplished!
- Sim Sim Hamara – Best. Stuff. Ever. This is by far the #1 thing that has really helped Z learn, and me too! Elmo speaking Urdu will never lose its appeal! (at least not for some time). Only thing is they’ve stopped producing new episodes I think, but the videos are beautiful. Hamara Pakistan mini videos for Sim Sim are beautifully produced and capture gorgeous images of Pakistan and feature children of all levels, from rural mountains to busy cities. LOVE these episodes!
- Burka Avenger – super animated. Urdu is pretty advanced, but the subtitles help, and the themes they cover are pretty big. Z feels for the little girl Ashli when her school is closed and always looks sad for Ashli.
- Toffee TV – same as above app just in YouTube format.
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears – in Hindi! – Z loves this video. I play this for her when she’s being really picky at the table, and she gets mesmerized by the story and sometimes eats.
- Urdu Stories: Dr Farhat’s Al Huda Kids site – songs and stories narrated in Urdu with morals.
- Nadir series
- ‘ulat palat’
- ‘noon ka nukta’
- ‘shoro sheryar’
- ‘hamara ghar.’
“O my Lord! Advance me in Knowledge” (Quran 20:114).