1) Insist on your child greeting in Yorùbá at all times.
2) Encourage them showing gratitude “Ẹṣe Ma”, “Ẹṣe Baba mi”, “Ẹṣe Sa”.
3) Encourage them to respond to simple requests/ phrases such as “Kilo maa jẹ?” (What will you eat?) with “Maa jẹ ẹba pẹlu ọbẹ ẹfọ” (I will eat ẹba with callaloo/spinach) tabi “Maa jẹ adiẹ didin ati dundu” (I will eat fried chicken and fried yam chips).
4) Encourage them to request in Yorùbá: “Ẹjọ, ṣe mo le lọ ṣere nita?” (Please can I play outside?) tabi “Mo n lọ sun” (I am going to sleep) tabi “Mo fe lọ wo TV” (I want to go and watch TV).
5) Teach them the Yorùbá equivalents of everyday nouns such as “ilẹkun” (door), “ologbo” (cat), “ẹyẹ” (bird), “aja” (dog), “omi” (water), “bata” (shoes), “awo” (plate), “ile” (house), “iyara” (room), “aṣọ” (cloth), ẹwu (garment)
6) Tell them jokes or make them laugh “Talo so?” tabi “Olori nla” ati bẹ bẹ lọ
7) Get them to practice greeting visitors and elders regularly.
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