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Teaching Your Pet to Learn the Chaldean Language
By Sue Garmo :: Monday, August 25, 2008 :: 46657 Views :: Living & Lifestyle


A great way to strengthen your Chaldean speaking skills is to speak to your pet in Chaldean.  Domesticated animals distinguish body language and then associate a sound to the expected behavior.  In short, animals, like humans can learn different languages. 

Combined with behavioral modification techniques your family pet can learn a long list of Chaldean commands.   However, the commands have to be combined with reinforcement.  The model is similar to the work of famed psychologist B.F. Skinner. 

The following video clips of Sheero demonstrate how positive reinforcement paired with the Chaldean language can help your family pet learn your language. 

Remember, like young children, dogs like to be praised rather than punished. Repeatedly rewarding your dog immediately after following a command will be the most powerful tools for shaping or changing your dog’s behavior. 

Correct timing is also essential when rewarding. The reward must occur immediately—within seconds—or your pet may not associate it with the proper action. For example, if you have your dog "sit" (E-To in Chaldean)  but reward her after she's already stood back up, she'll think she's being rewarded for standing up.

Consistency is also essential. Everyone in the family should use the same commands. That means everyone in the family should speak the same language if you are training the dog to learn the Chaldean language.  It might help to post these where everyone can become familiar with them.


The most commonly used commands for dogs are:

English / Chaldean Language Phonetically

"watch me" / Khore Gowee
"sit"  /  E-To
"stay" /  Paush
“Come” /  hay-you
"Come Here" /  Hay-you Akha
"stand" /  Humool
"leave it" /  Off-li
“Stop” /  Bess

Consistency means always rewarding the desired behavior and never rewarding undesired behavior.

Using Rewards

For your pet, rewards may include food treats, praise, petting, or a favorite toy or game. Food treats work especially well for training your dog.  You don’t have to be as extravagant as Sheero’s owner and offer gourmet food like red rice and dolma.  However, a treat should be enticing and irresistible to your pet.

Keep in mind that the treat reward should be a very small, soft piece of food, so that she will immediately gulp it down and look to you for more. If you give her something she has to chew or that breaks into bits and falls on the floor, she'll be looking around the floor, not at you. Small pieces of soft commercial treats, hot dogs, cheese, or cooked chicken or beef have all proven successful.

Experiment a bit to see what works best for your pet. You can carry the treats in a pocket or fanny pack. Each time you use a food reward, you should couple it with a verbal reward (praise). Say something like, "Good dog," in a positive, happy tone of voice.

Weening Your Pet Off Treats

You can’t expect to give your dog treats forever.  Especially if your giving them gourmet food.  Intermittent reinforcement can be used once your pet has reliably learned the behavior. At first, reward the dog with the treat three out of every four times she does the behavior. Then, over time, reward her about half the time, then about a third of the time, and so on, until you're only rewarding her occasionally with the treat.

Continue to praise her every time—although once your dog has learned the behavior, your praise can be less effusive, such as a quiet, but positive, "Good dog." Use a variable schedule of reinforcement so that she doesn't catch on that she only has to respond every other time. Your pet will soon learn that if she keeps responding, eventually he'll get what he wants—your praise and an occasional treat.

[If you have a video of your pet reacting to Chaldean commands send it to info@chaldean.org or post it on YouTube and drop us a note.  Funnies Chaldean Pet trick will win a prize]

comment @ Tuesday, January 29, 2013 7:34 AM
Comments from the following blog entry: http://bostonlanguage.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/the-bilingual-u-s-middle-eastern-detroit-part-i/

St. Joseph, MI USA

St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church
2442 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
Tel: (248) 528-3676
Fax: (248) 524-1957

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Constructing Pastor:
Rev. Sarhad Y. Jammo

Current Pastor:
Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Ayad Hanna

 Current Pastor: Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Msgr. Zouhair Toma (Kejbou) was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1947.  He was ordained a priest in Baghdad, Iraq in 1968, and accepted his first assignment to serve the community of Baquba.  The Monsignor’s leadership skills and organizational talents along with his mastery of theology were immediately evident.  He later assisted Sts. Peter and Paul in Al-Salehia, and St. George in New Baghdad.

In August, 1978 Monsignor Toma was called to serve the growing community of persecuted Chaldeans finding refuge in Australia.   Being the fist Chaldean priest to arrive in Australia he quickly established a parish for the Chaldeans in Sydney to serve their social and spiritual needs.  The parish was named after St. Thomas the Apostle and built a rectory. 

In 1989, for his incredible work he was granted the title of Monsignor, Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Australia and New Zealand.  Continuing his passionate work to serve the Chaldean community the Monsignor moved the Parish Center to a more accessible location and built a large church campus featuring a modern community center, residence quarters, and administrative offices in 1995. 

In 2003, Monsignor Toma added a magnificent church to replace the previous one in order to serve the fast growing community and also opened two other centers.  The first was Our Lady Guardian of Plants in Melbourne, and the second was Mar Addai the Apostle in Auckland, New Zealand.  Mar Addai in New Zealand included two very large churches along with rectories and community centers.  Overseeing the Patriarchal Vicariate for 28 years, he managed to inspire six more priests to help minister to the fast growing Chaldean community. 

In August 2006, Monsignor chose to assist the St. Thomas the Apostle Diocese in the U.S. as more Catholic churches were being built in America and address the growing need.  On October 2006, Monsignor was incardinated and appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Troy.