Sunday, July 14, 2024

Studying Oral Language Through Nursery Rhymes

What comes to your head when you first hear the term, “oral language”? Maybe, it is something similar to your regularly spoken language. Perhaps, it is the native language that you speak. Is there anything else that appears in your mind? Perhaps not. To some people in our community, there is no difference between oral language and speaking language. But trust me, dear reader. They are not exactly the same thing. There are some crucial points of differences that make them stand out from one another and do not let them be under the same umbrella.

A brief study of the topic

Oral language is made useful or comes in handy when they are utilized in the natively spoken language to express one’s thought, feelings, information, or mental state. By this, you might have been very clear that oral language is a crucial and useful tool in expressing human emotions. Therefore, learning the oral language for expressing one’s appropriate point of view is a necessary skill to acquire. This led me to a very basic yet valid question, “HOW CAN I LEARN IT?” After exploring research, doing some brainstorming, and browsing the web information on the topic, I have learned that simple ways are the best way to do it. It may sound plain. However, it is the most simple, hassle-free, unique, and at the same time, effective process.

Preferably enough, I use the fundamental and straightforward process of using rhymes, or nursery rhymes to be more specific. And as examples of nursery rhymes, there are thousands to include. But the one I used at the very outset is a lyric called “The Farmer in the Dell”. And this technique of learning oral language turns out to be extremely handy. I have also realized that in learning oral language perfectly, we need to study it and make sure that we have a complete grasp of it and can fluently use it when needed.

Is it straightforward and effortless?

However, learning something new is not as simple as it sounds. Now, my dear readers, many of you may think of why I have been saying all these if I claim that it is not easy to learn it. But hold on for a second. Before you ask that question to me, first ask it to yourself. Is learning something or mastering the art of anything in the world an easy job to do? Then the proverb, “No pain no gain” will turn out to be completely illogical and unrealistic. My dear friends, I have not at all tried to claim that it is an easy thing to acquire. All I have tried is to invoke the fact in you that using nursery rhymes makes the process a lot easier. And if you make a rubric and try to follow it, that makes the job even easier.

Follow a rubric

Here are some essential tips and tricks which may come in handy. Do not hesitate to follow it. I have designed it solely for the ones who are eager to enhance their capability of oral language.

  • Stick to your very own learning strategy

Are you more of a visual learner or an aural learner? Or do you possess the habit of writing when you are to learn something new? It is always advisable and wise to stick to your very own techniques. Yes, I do agree that you need to venture through the different techniques to find out whether you are comfortable with anything new or not.

But sticking to something new which will not improve your situation is not a wise thing to do. But, if you are familiar with the rhyming process, there is nothing wiser than utilizing this effective learning technique.

  • Try to visualize the rhyme(s)

Always try to visualize the thing you are doing. Make sure you understand what you are doing. I always tried to do so as well, and visualization made the job many times easier and more interesting.

  • Embrace the rhyme(s)

We all have heard the saying,

If I hear something, I will forget,

If I see it, I will remember,

But if I do it, I will learn.

When I just used to hear the rhymes and tried to relate, I did not entirely succeed. When I understand the meaning of the words, it was so helpful for me to enhance my skill. However, when I visualized the topic and tried to relate it to my attempt of acquiring oral language, I succeeded. The result was found out to be much more fruitful.

  • Make practice a habit

There is an old saying, “Practice makes perfect”, and nobody can deny this obvious fact. Hence, as soon as I used to complete the task of visualizing, I used to dive into practice. I did not always sit in my chair and tried to practice but always tried to implement it in my everyday life. For you also, it is no different.

  • Test yourself

Always make sure to remember to test your skill on a regular basis. I myself benefitted strongly when I formed the habit of doing it. I used to give myself quizzes that personally prepared by me, and I used to solve them and check them myself as well. This process helped me in figuring out my lacking and grasp it to perfection.

  • Teach

After confirming to myself the fact that I have a sound knowledge of the oral language, I proceed to teach other men about the things that I have recently mastered. This helped me to deepen my understanding of the topic.

  • Keep on using it

It is always advisable to regularly practice the task. Or else, there lies a high risk of forgetting it shortly afterward.


Do not waste your time repenting for you did not know about all these tips and tricks earlier. However, make sure that you are learning it today by giving your optimum effort. During my time of practice, I was not always embraced by success, rather, I was repeatedly slapped by failure. You may not be an exception. So never give up or hold your work for the future. We all know that tomorrow never comes. Hence, I always agree to the great quote, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, and that is why I call it present.”

Kellie Kearney
Kellie Kearney
Hi! I'm Kellie, a mammy of six vibrant youngsters. Juggling the roles of stay-at-home parent, I share honest stories and parenting fails. You'll often find me as a mum bun wearer, professional cake eater, and also a coffee lover. My typical day involves navigating through parenting challenges, whether it's enticing my little ones with a tempting custard cream, googling our next adventure, or eagerly awaiting Joe's return home. Join me on this rollercoaster journey of love, chaos, and laughter!

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