Tashkeel: Teach Kids Arabic the fun way

Let’s face it – teaching kids Arabic can seem a bit daunting, right? With all its symbols, sounds, and rules, you might wonder where to start. That’s where ‘tashkeel’ jumps in to save the day. This blog is your friendly guide to teaching tashkeel to kids, and we’re also excited to introduce you to our new go-to tool: tashkeel flashcards. They’re a game-changer for parents and teachers!

So what’s this tashkeel we’re talking about? In simple terms, tashkeel is a set of diacritical marks used in Arabic. These little symbols act like signposts, guiding the reader on how to pronounce words correctly. They include:

  • Fatha, the tiny diagonal stroke that adds an ‘a’ sound
  • Kasra, a little dash that goes beneath a letter, making an ‘i’ sound
  • Damma, a small comma-like mark adding an ‘u’ sound
  • Tashdeed, the small ‘w’ shape that doubles the letter’s sound
  • Sukoon, the circular mark signifying no vowel after the letter
  • Madd, the elongated ‘a’, ‘i’ or ‘u’ sound in a word
  • Fathatayn, Kasratayn, and Dammatayn, which represent a double ‘a’, ‘i’ and ‘u’ sound respectively

Introducing tashkeel to your child might seem like a mammoth task, but it’s easier than you think.

Plus, it can be a fun way to boost their Arabic reading and writing skills.

Now, about our tashkeel flashcards. They are kid-friendly, colourful cards, each featuring a symbol with the name. Perfect for playing memory games, drilling, or just casual learning around the kitchen table. They’re downloadable, easy-to-use, and they’re going to make teaching tashkeel to your kids a whole lot easier and more fun. Check out the worksheet and additional flashcards we have up on the website under our qaida section (along with so many other sheets!).

damma fatha kasra

Tips for teaching Tashkeel (Arabic Diacritics)

  1. Start with basics: Begin with simple diacritics such as Fatha, Kasra, and Damma. Teach them in isolation first before moving on to combined or complex symbols.
  2. Use Flashcards: Our downloadable tashkeel flashcards are a perfect aid. They can be used for memory games, quick reviews, or even as visual reminders around the house.
  3. Incorporate Games: Turn learning into fun. Play games that help recognize, pronounce, and understand the use of tashkeel. For example, matching games where children have to pair the correct diacritic symbol with the corresponding sound.
  4. Create Stories: Create short, simple stories using words with the tashkeel you’re teaching. This will help children understand how diacritics alter the pronunciation and meaning of words.
  5. Consistent Practice: Regular practice is key to learning and mastering tashkeel. Use sentences and words with the diacritic under focus in daily conversations and reading.
  6. Teach in Context: Use words they know and use daily. It’s easier to remember the symbols when they see it in a familiar context.
  7. Patience is Key: Remember, it’s a new concept for them. Be patient and encourage progress, however small. Celebrate their milestones to keep them motivated.

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