As I have mentioned earlier, I am a mom of two kids my eldest is 7 years of age and my youngest just turned 5 years old last month. Teaching them school work is tough but teaching them of our native language is tougher than I thought it could be. They both knew a little of our own language as they grew up in Algeria but I am afraid that they might lose it as they age here in the United States. That is why I always try to incorporate Algerian Arabic words as we study all the school works at home. I made sure that we spend at least 30-45 minutes every night just to learn the basics of our native tongue. As a full-time mom, I get to prepare a little lesson for them to work on during our mother tongue review.
I get to teach my children some helpful words and phrases in Arabic like “ooRaasek” which means “Please” in English, “SaHa” which means “Thank You” and “saameHnee” which means “Excuse me or I’m sorry”. I also help them get to know Arabic Greetings like “SbaaH il-KheyR” which stands for “Good morning” and “msil-KheyR” which stands for “Good Night”. I also teach them some basic descriptions with colors like “HmaR” which is red, “KhDaR” which is green and “zRaq” which is blue in Arabic. And not to forget, I teach them how to count from zero which is “SifR” to ten which is “’ashRa” in Algerian Arabic. All of these simple words get to help them review and familiarize our mother tongue even when we’re a long way off from our original hometown.