Don’t let other language schools and teachers fool you – learning a language is not about learning in any one specific way.
It is about learning in multiple different ways at once – attack from all sides!
Yes, that means books, and homework but it also means immersion through, games, chatting, movies…and songs!
Songs are great because they’re short and catchy and non-Hindi speakers can just repeat the sounds and look legitimate – Gangnam Style anyone??!
Also as a super Bollywood, all-things-desi nerd, I love this part. In fact, a lot of my advanced Hindi/Urdu comes from listening to so many songs with my dadi growing up.
Finding What Is Kid Appropriate
This is the hard part, because no one writes about it!
We can’t go with all the kid-songs traditionally learnt in India (because tbh “Nani teri morni ko kale chor le gaye” is pretty offensive) and we can’t trust Bollywood to talk about much more than “pyaar” and dying for each other.
That’s why I’m going old-school, to a cleaner time. Here’s a list of 10 appropriate, proven-fun songs for kids that are always a hit!
How To Teach It
- Only introduce the first few lines of the song and its chorus (avoid showing videos if you don’t have to!)
- Explain the meaning behind the key words
- E.g. “Mera Joota Hai Japani” – explain that “mera joota” means “my shoe,” and that “Japani” is “Japanese”
TIP: Add some snazzy actions to each word – and watch as they get sucked into the beautiful vortex of Indian music (no joke, actions seriously work because it gets them to remember the words better).