As a mom of a bi-cultural kid, I’m hoping that they can get some Marathi “upbringing.” I truly believe that having a second language is a gift. Of course, it is easier to teach a similar, but more wide-spread language, like Hindi. For that reason, we did move to India, it didn’t work but the kids did get some language. Now we need to keep the language. To do so, let’s look at options for supporting Hindi at home. This goes for teaching any second language at home.
10 Ways to Teach Hindi at Home
- If you have someone in your home who speaks Hindi, the first thing you want to do is have it spoken at home, at least some time. The more the better.
- Have books available in the other language. This book has English/Hindi and English transliteration, for supporting the language even if you aren’t fluent. Bindi Baby Animals (Hindi): A Beginner Language Book for Hindi Kids (Hindi Edition)
- Label items with index cards. If you are able, try and get some flash cards as well.Hindi Flashcards: Script & Pronunciation (English and Hindi Edition)
- Have a schedule for learning reading or writing. By keeping a schedule you can make sure it is a priority.
- Consider online classes, either via skype or through agencies. If your child is involved, be aware of internet safety issues.
- Watch youtube videos
- Download apps – Learn Hindi Alphabet Free
- Get movable letters or alphabets to help use more senses in learning. This option is consider to a Montessori Movable Alphabet so is a great way to support learning and spelling. Alphabets, Vowels and Maatraas
- If you don’t know the language, you can always try to learn it as well. Start with basics: Fruits and vegetables, body parts and animals. Then move on to some basic greetings and adding basic sentences “this is a ____,”
- Watch movies! Luckily our library has a HUGE selection of Hindi movies. Some are less than appropriate for kids, but many are okay. You can also visit an Indian grocer to rent them, or download online.