This is the second part of “daily tips to practice Arabic with your kids”. This one focuses on the Listening skill.
In the 1st part, I gave you some of my tips related to the Reading skill. Did you started to regularly read in Arabic to your children? Are your kids enjoying? Are you experiencing particular difficulties? You can reply below the blog-post.
Remember that the 4 skills of the language (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are inter-dependent. You need to stimulate them all in order to develop good language mechanisms in your brain and really acquire the target language.
So in this part 2, I give you the Arabic listening resources I love for my child (and for me) and then, some tips for parents.
1) Listen to Arabic Audio Books:
The stories from “3asafeer” (“birds”) قصص عصافير: قصص أطفال
When I was looking for good Arabic Apps for my child, I found this free one. The app is completely in Arabic (no English) but I finally found how to use it by testing (never be afraid when you see everything is in Arabic, try and test!) and I made a few screenshots to show you how to use it.
First, download it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.asafeer.qesas ** Then, in the application you download the stories you want. They added a lot of stories these last months, it’s really great!
Search the App in your AppStore or PlayStore with these key words: قصص عصافير: قصص أطفال.
You can also listen and watch these audio books on their website: http://3asafeer.com/ ** by clicking on the button “read” in Arabic:
What I love about this application:
- the voices are attractive, various and with different intonations, and their Arabic pronunciation is very good.
- the stories are classed by reading ability: green with simple words and sentences, then yellow, then orange.
- I can choose the story according to my own criteria. If I don’t like a story I downloaded I can delete it.
- ads free!
- I can turn off the music.
How to use it:
How to download the stories and read them:
- In the menu with all the stories, click on the cover of a story, then it appears this:
2.Then click on the orange button to download (shown above)
3. To read the story, when you click on a story’s cover, you get this:
4. Just click on the green button to start the story.
How to turn off the music of the menu:
2) Watch Arabic cartoons:
Cartoons adapted to the age of your child are a fun way to make them (and you!) listen to Arabic and develop their Arabic vocabulary (and yours!). My hub for good Arabic cartoons with the right pronunciation is here** .The page is only available in Arabic. I show you how to use it below.
These cartoons are in majority from classic cartoons (for example you will find the turtle Franklin) but with the speech in Arabic.
They are music free and ads free (some of them just have a short ad about others Arabic cartoons)!
I download them little by little for my daughter to watch on the PC or the tablet.
You will find various kinds of cartoons. Some are for little ones, some are for older children. See what fits better for your child. (for example, when my child was toddler, she was too afraid when there were nasty characters so I was choosing relevant cartoons for her.)
We didn’t explore all the series of cartoons (there are so many!) but I can recommend you my favorite cartoons to learn Arabic. They are those about daily life and daily problem-solving. Click on the pictures to directly access to their page.
NOTE: after a few years of use, I noticed that some files don’t work. But I really like this page, when it happened I just try another cartoon. They sometimes update the files and add new cartoons.
How to download the cartoons:
- On the main page, click on a serie’s cover.
- In the serie’s page, click on a cartoon’s cover.
Then, you get something like this:
3. Click on this: or if it doesn’t work, click on the file’s link (on the bottom at the right):
3) Important Tips for parents:
- If you and your child are non-native Arabic speakers, it’s normal if you don’t understand every word and sentence you hear (like I said in the part 1, when you read Arabic books). At the beginning, it might seem difficult for you but you will improve with practice inshaAllah. Your brain has the mechanisms to learn a language through immersion and whole language exposure mashaAllah (of course children learn faster than adults). Trust your brain! Regularly exposing it to fluent Arabic will develop these mechanisms and you will learn easier.
- These multimedia resources are great to learn a language. We may tend to let our children watch/listen to them alone. But studies show that they learn better if you (or their siblings or friends) share this activity with them (they will feel the importance you give to it) and interact with them (repeat words/sentences, ask simple questions). You are their model, if they see your involvement, they will be more interested and involved too.
Technologies can’t replace the benefits of social interactions with parents/caregivers/teachers when learning a language.
- Don’t forget to limit the time spent by your kids in front of the screen!
** NOTE: The links to other websites are provided as resources and do not signify endorsement of the website.
I hope you will benefit from this second part. Take action in your daily life, integrate more Arabic little by little.
If you have questions or other tips to practice the Arabic Listening skill , don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!
And feel free to share this article if it can benefit to others!
Emilie, founder of Arabic Seeds.
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