Is your child in Kindergarten? Have you been trying to introduce Hindi to them? Well, this Hindi Diwas, let’s create a love for Hindi among children.
Hindi Diwas was declared on 14th September in the year 1949 to mark Hindi as the national language. Also, it was the same day that Hindi was used as the official language for both the Indian union and the state government.
The fast paced life has almost got rid of Hindi from our lives as most of us are mostly conversing in Hindi. Instead of avoiding to talk in Hindi, we should try to make our children linguistically rich.
One should not be scared of Hindi, as it is a phonetic language. This means that it is written and spelled in the same manner it sounds and vice versa. So there are no words like ‘Knee’, where K is present but is silent. Hindi pronunciations, on the other hand, are easy and once you teach the letters to your child they can easily read the same as well.
Before I lay emphasis on writing Hindi, I would just like to point out to some things which may seem very simple, but still, need to be given utmost importance. These are:
- Be Patient: Since you are introducing a new language, don’t expect to get results instantly. Give some time to yourself and your child, appreciate their effort and praise them … this works wonders.
- Maintain Consistency: Once you start practicing the Hindi letters, make sure that you are consistent. The letters are so curvy that the children tend to forget if not repeated from time to time. Avoid giving long breaks.
- Go Slow: Introduce one letter at a time. Don’t rush and finish everything in a day. Children get confused. Once they are comfortable with the letters then you can increase the number and finally go on to word building.
- Start from the Beginning: In Hindi, a letter is known as ‘Varn’, vowels as ‘Swar’, consonants as ‘Vyanjan’. It is advisable to start from the vowels and not just randomly pick up any letter. Agree, to start with Chota Aa and Bade Aa can be tricky, but a sequence helps to recollect the letters easily.
When I started the Hindi letters with my daughter, I made stories with the letters. Like for Chota Aa, we came up with lots of words like anar (pomegranate), adrak (ginger), achkan (suit), almari (cupboard), ajgar (snake), ananas (pineapple), amrud (guava) and more. We created a story involving these words and made it fun so that it was easy for my daughter to remember. She indeed learned her vowels very well and now is learning her consonants. While she is learning her consonants she can also recognize 2 letter words and spell and read them with ease. Once your child learns the vowels, it is very easy to catch up with the consonants as most of the curves are explained well in the vowels.
When your child starts writing the Hindi letters, try to encourage them, give them smileys, and comments like nice handwriting and good attempt. Play the letter guessing game with them and give them dictation so that they recognize the letters well.
This was my style of helping my daughter understand Hindi and writing the same. You may have different techniques and feel free to share your method as well.
Here is a video which you can see with your child while teaching them Hindi letters: