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How to teach kids Swahili in 10 steps

Motivation, Motivation, Motivation

It's extremely important that kids have motivation to learn Swahili. How to increase their motivation is not as difficult as you might think.You can simply do the following

1- Rewards
Offer them rewards for learning extra words or phrases (e.g. a chocolate bar from Swahili, a trip to a Swahili restaurant, or his/her favorite place, such as zoo, museum, playground or an amusement park)

2- Surprises
Especially for small children, including infants and toddlers, surprises are proven to increase motivation. If you play surprising games your child will be able to keep paying attention to the program.

3- Fun & Games
Playing games like hide and seek by counting in Swahili, online memory or matching games or puzzles, and cardboard games will do the trick.

4- 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 Swahili  words at a time, they will find the task more enjoyable and increase their confidence in learning Swahili.

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.

5- Flash cards & posters
Flash cards might sound like an old school method but they are very effective. Similar to Dino Lingo motion images, how flash cards work is very simple: they create object-sign associations in your child's brain after a short period of exposure. You can use Dino Lingo flash cards or make your own flash cards and practice with your child.

6- Cartoons
Children love watching cartoons. You can find tons of Swahili cartoons available online also Dino Lingo Swahili program has perfect combination of cartoons.

7- Story books
If your child knows some Swahili, you can purchase Swahili story books on the internet. If he/she doesn't know how to speak Swahili, you can read fairy tales by replacing some words with Swahili words.
8 - Music & songs
Music is universal, and you can find many Swahili songs available online and in supermarkets. It is also not a bad idea to buy some Swahili children's song CD and play it in the car or at home as background music. Studies have shown that even background music can increase children's vocabulary.
9- Talking with native speakers
One of the best ways of practicing Swahili is giving your child opportunities to interact with Swahili native speakers. It would also be a fun family activity to visit a place where Swahili is spoken such as a Swahili restaurant, supermarket, cultural center, school, community center etc.
10- Test & quiz
You can speak to your child in Swahili if you know how to speak Swahili. If you don't know how to speak Swahili, you can still ask questions like "what is "this" in Swahili?" by showing an object. If you know a few words in Swahili, you can show him/her two objects and ask "which one is "…". Kids also love drawing things, you can also play with your children and ask them to draw objects by calling object names in Swahili, like; "can you draw me a …?".


Summary: Kids love watching Dino Lingo DVDs regularly and play Dino Lingo online games. Visit places where Swahili is spoken. Play with fun educational stuff like Swahili  jigsaw puzzles and Swahili toys. Don't forget the posters (Swahili alphabet, sight words, flag, map). Interact with other kids who can speak Swahili or studying together with someone with whom they can practice Swahili.

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