If your child’s primary language is English and you are trying to teach them Arabic, you will love the Alif Baa App. This iPhone/iPad based app is a great way to get your child to learn Arabic in a fun way.
Our Ethnic BackGround
Having our children grow up learning Arabic is very important to my husband since it is not our primary spoken language. My ethnicity is Yemeni Kenyan so my native language is Arabic and Swahili. My husband’s ethnicity is Eritrean and his native language is Tigrinya. For both of us, however, we grew up with English as our primary language (growing up in Dubai & America) and caught a little of our native languages but not enough to say we are proficient.
Being Muslims, the language of our Holy Book (the Quran) is Arabic so it was our natural choice to want to do our best to learn this language and also make sure it was the main language our children could speak (aside from our other native languages).
The Alif Baa App
Being introduced to a resource for learning Arabic is always great when you have children. Especially because this particular app consists of a series captivating games to teach English speaking children the Arabic alphabet. Children can journey through the games, completing exercises that incorporate a variety of learning techniques including flashcards, identification, sequencing, and handwriting.
Alif Baa App Features
My 3 and half year old son loves the features of the app so it’s a huge plus that it’s a fun activity for him. When you open the app, you have a choice between the 4 activities.
The first feature is the flashcards. Each Arabic letter is shown on a flash card and pronounced. When you tap the letter, the flashcard turns over and shows an image of something that starts with the letter with the word written in Arabic and English with the pronunciation. There’s an arrow you can press to go over each of the 26 letters
Identifying the Letters
The second feature is identification. There are 4 letters shown on the screen and you have to identify a letter. I assumed this would be difficult for my son, however, due the letter being visible and pronounced it made it easier for him to understand. We underestimate how much our kids absorb MashAllah (God Has Willed).
Arranging the Letters
The third feature is sequencing. All the Arabic letters are shown on small flash cards and have to be arranged in the quickest time. Every time you sequence it correctly the card turns green. As you go along if another letter is in the spot it should be it turns green as well. This is probably the only feature that I think will take a while for my son to understand due to his young age.
Tracing The Letters
The fourth and last feature is the tracing/handwriting app. This is my sons favorite because we are currently practicing tracing for his English numbers, letters, shapes etc so he really enjoys it. Each letter has a dotted line indicating to trace over. It is a little tricky because you have to trace from where the line starts to where it ends. If you manage to do that correctly you hear.
The Alif Baa team has been kind enough to offer 2 of my follower’s FREE full access to the app. For a chance to win, comment below by answering the 2 questions below:
– What resources do you currently use to teach your children Arabic?
The last day to enter will be Saturday, April 8th 11 pm PST. Two Winners will be chosen at random and announced on Monday 10th April.