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Multicultural/Multilingual Kids

"A different language is a different vision of life."

Federico Fellini

A “mother language” (or mother tongue) is the first language children hear from birth and plays a crucial role in their lives. Studies have shown that mother language instruction in school results in higher cognitive and intellectual development in children, both immediately and later in life. Learning the mother language is the main door to their mother's culture, where their roots belong. Learning a mother language shapes and creates awareness of child's personal identity, and boosts self-confidence by connecting them to their rich culture and heritage. Building a solid linguistic base in the brain supports the learning of other languages too (References: 1, 2).

There are many ways you can teach your mother language to your children, the simplest of which is talking in your native language to them. We are here to help you in this journey even more!

"Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited."

Shinichi Suzuki

 

Welcome to our Online Language School for Azerbaijani-Turk kids!

Turk Community School is the place where your children can learn new skills, meet new friends of the same culture, and feel accomplished.

At Turk Community School, we strive to help students to tackle challenges and take on new experiences. You'll find videos you need about our classes, our awesome teacher, and our methodology here.

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"Language shapes the way we think and determines what we can think about."

Benjamin Lee Whorf

Storytime

Scholars have found that stories have a strong influence on children's understanding of cultural and social roles. Stories do not just develop early literacy skills and words; they carry values, attitudes and general norms which build and shape children's perceptions and insight of reality in return.

Storytime sparks your child's imagination, helps develop kids’ brains, their ability to focus, and communication skills and stimulates curiosity (Reference)

Azerbaijani Folklore Tale (Jirtdan and Dev)

Language: Azerbaijani Turkic

EnglishAzerbaijani's Bilingual Animations

Halloween Finger Family
Barmaq Ailəsi/بارماق عایله سی

"Barmaq Ailesi" gives a brief introduction to some of Azerbaijani folklore and Halloween characters. Enjoy our cultural mingle!

Thanksgiving
Şükür Günü/شۆکۆر گۆنۆ

In this nursery song, the kids will learn counting from one to ten in English and Azerbaijani Turkic while celebrating thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

New Year
Təzə il/ تزه ایل

Look! Jirtdan joined Santa to bring new year presents for kids. He wrapped something really "Azerbaijani" for the kids! Watch to see what it is! Happy New Year!

Christmas Terminology

Do you wonder what is the equivalent name in Azerbaijani Turkic for each Xmas item? Watch to find out!

Chille Night
Çillə Gecəsi/چيلله گئجه سى

The winter solstice may be our darkest and longest night of the year. This night is a time when Azerbaijani people get together to eat, drink, dance and read poetry specially Bayati. Foods common to the celebration include watermelon, pomegranate, nuts, and dried fruit. These items and more are commonly placed on a Kürsü (Korsi), which people sit around.
In Tabriz, the most populous city in Iranian Azerbaijan, parents send some special foods such as Təbriz Küftəsi (kofte tabrizi), nuts, special gifts, sweets, and well-arranged fruit baskets to their daughter and her husband. Families make a special effort to gather in the homes of their grandparents to listen to the stories of their elders.

Itsy Bitsy Spider
Balaca Malaca Hörümçək/بالاجا مالاجا هؤرۆمچك

Elgolu is a large historic park in the south east region of Tabriz, West Azerbaijan, Iran. Also known as Shah Golu, this cherished complex was first established in Aq Qoyunlu Turkic dynasty and flourished later in the Safavid era. In Azerbaijani Turkic, Göl means pool and so, Shah Gölü means the royal pool. Any Tabrizli (someone from Tabriz), has a lot of memories from this charming 🚣‍♀️place and kids love this park.

Azerbaijani Turkic Alphabet
Azərbaycan Türkcəsinin Əlifbası/
آذربايجان تۆركجه سينين اليفباسى

Join Jirtdan and kids learning our Alphabet!

Last Tuesday night of the year
İlin axır çərşənbə axşamı/ايلين سوْن چرشنبه آخشامى

Come and celebrate the winter's last Wednesday Eve (Tuesday) with us! lets review some of Azerbaijan's beautiful traditions during "Ilakhir Chershenbesi". Have a fun "Ilakhir Chershenbesi"!

Kosa-Gelin and Tekem
Kosa-Gəlin və Təkəm/ كوْسا-گلین و تکم

Tekem in Azerbaijani Turkic means an adult male goat which is the leader of flock of sheep. Tekem is the symbol of fertility and agility in the culture of Azerbaijan and Tekem shows are popular during the arrival of spring in Azerbaijan. To know more about Tekem tradition click here.

Kosa Gelin or Kosa Kechel are group of normally 4 joyful performers entering the cities of Azerbaijan during the end of winter and upcoming of spring. Click here for more information on this tradition.

Novruz/Bahar Bayramı

"Bayram Görüşü" (To visit relatives and friends), "Səməni Bəzəmək" (Sprouts of seeds), "Yumurta Döyüşdürmə" (Dying and tapping the eggs), "Bayram Süfrəsi" (To put symbolic items on a tablecloth) and "Bayramlıq" (A special gift or surprise to kids) are some traditions of Azerbaijani Turks on the day of Novruz Bayramı. Iranian new year begins on the spring equinox and more than 300 million people worldwide celebrate Novruz and beginning of spring. Happy Novruz to all!

Yes Papa
Hə Baba/ هه بابا

Another EnglishAzerbaijani Mingle animation for kids. Enjoy!

The wheels on the bus
Avtobusun təkərləri/ اوتوبوسون تگرلری

Look at Jirtdan, Tick-tick khanim and Tepegoz! They are having a trip from Baku to Tehran then to Urmu while singing “The wheels on the bus” song.

Skeleton Dance

Let's learn simple body bones this Halloween with a cute skeleton!

Halloween Etymology

Here is our bilingual video for Halloween items.

Ushudum Ay Ushudum Goshmaja

Qoşmaca (Read: Goshmaja; a kind of Azerbaijani poem) in Azerbaijan’s folklore is a kind of oral literature that is sung. Oral literature is passed from generations through oral transmission, and it is characterized by absence of a fixed form. Oral literature forms a fundamental component of culture. "Üşüdüm Ay Üşüdüm" is a well-known goshmaja to all Azerbaijani Turks. We all had a grandma to sing this goshmaja to us when we were a kid.