Around 150 million people around the world speak Urdu. The language, spoken mainly in Pakistan and India, is spoken as a first language by about 60 million people. (See Reference 1.) Resources are available for parents who wish their children to speak Urdu, even if they do not speak the language themselves. Encourage your children to pick up a new language by using a variety of learning material that will engage and interest them.
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Purchase an Urdu DVD course for children. These interactive, creative lessons are designed for young learners. The My Desi Guru line of Urdu DVDs for children includes multiple lessons. Also watch free Urdu lessons for children on YouTube. Search for "Urdu for kids."
Hire an online Urdu tutor for your children. Basic computer knowledge is required to operate online tutoring software, but many tutoring companies have technical support available during lessons. Urdu Reading is one such online Urdu tutoring service, and it works with children. If you hire an individual online tutor from a site such as EduFire or ForteMall, be sure that the tutor is willing and able to work with children. (See Resources 1, 2, and 3.)
Another option is to find an Urdu tutor in your community who is willing to come to your home or meet with your child in a public place.
Invest in an online teaching program that will teach your children Urdu. Students log in and complete material for a particular lesson in Urdu on Urdu at Home. This site also has Urdu learning materials such as flash cards and Urdu language learning CDs available for purchase. Download free Urdu worksheets as well from this site.
Seek out Urdu classes for children at your local Pakistani or Indian cultural centre. These cultural community centres may hold classes for children.
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