[Adam's note: It's probably my fault, but Lulu is almost excessively playful. She seeks out those smiles so much that she gets herself into fights with Roy, who sometimes isn't in the mood for her playful antics. As for Roy and his maps, he not only studies maps regularly, he even makes his own huge maps of the world, drawing all the countries free hand onto big sheets of paper and taping them together. Until it fell down (because it was so heavy) one of his world maps adorned one entire wall of our living room.]
What is your favorite word in Japanese and why? And can you translate it into English for me please?
Roy: "39" [he said SAN-JUU-KYUU in Japanese], because March ninth is my birthday!
Lulu: "Kyouryoku" [pronounced KYO-RYO-KU]. It means working together and helping other people. When I hear this word, I feel stronger.
[Adam's note: Yes, Roy's birthday is March 9 so this fast-approaching date is evidently on his mind! Lulu's word is often heard in Japanese schools since the idea of "cooperation" is a basic trait of Japanese society at large.]
Thank you for your questions, Sheila! (We're studying Spanish now and like the word "mariposa," too!)
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Thank you for your responses. Those are great words! Your Dad must be proud of you. Your interest in the world and 'collaboration' is what makes you so special. I think you can 'blame' your interests on the fact that you are bilingual!
I also wanted to say that my daughter is 16 months old. Her first word was 'aba' but it's really 'agua' in Spanish which means water. She also likes to say 'avvvvv' for 'avión' which is airplane. Her favorite and only English word so far is 'Daddy'.
Mayken: My daughter's ml homework for this week included baking a cake - there's a cake in the story they read, and after each chapter there are questions and tasks, and the current chapter has the step-by-step recipe. She's to bring the cake to school too.
May 1, 2018 23:48:48 GMT 9
Amy: What a nice original homework! Makes such a change from standard homework, and I wouldn't be surprised if kids remember more from it! I like your bilingual school Mayken! Lucky little girl, and lucky Mummy!
May 2, 2018 0:00:43 GMT 9
Mayken: ml cake homework update: About half the class brought cake (8 out of 15), not all of them were the cake from the book recipe, but my daughter's was the most popular. (Maybe because we added food colouring and topped it with chocolate icing and smarties?)
May 4, 2018 5:58:10 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Cake is definitely my favorite kind of homework!
May 4, 2018 11:28:51 GMT 9
Jana: One of the best parts of having kids in bilingual school was getting Mother's Day cards in two languages! (With less-than-perfect spelling in both!) Ha!
May 15, 2018 9:16:08 GMT 9
Amy: (Twice) Lucky you Jana! So nice to read exciting pieces of news like yours!
May 16, 2018 5:46:25 GMT 9
Mayken: I still have that to look forward to, Jana! Mother's Day in our ML country is two weeks later, and the ml teacher goes along with that date. (It was last Sunday in our ml country.)
May 16, 2018 5:58:11 GMT 9