[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'.
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Amy: Right you are Mayken!
Mar 28, 2018 1:43:20 GMT 9
Marisa: Way to go, Mayken! That's the (bilingual) spirit
Mar 29, 2018 0:55:54 GMT 9
Kristin T.: Will check out your podcast interview on my next run!
Mar 30, 2018 23:24:37 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter brought home her ml report card (she gets a separate one from the regular report card at her bilingual school), and it's straight A's! (Better than her marks in ML on the main report card.) I'm so proud!!!
Mar 31, 2018 6:10:44 GMT 9
Amy: Gratuliere (Congratulations) Mayken!!
Mar 31, 2018 16:54:17 GMT 9
Mayken: Thank you, Amy! As a reward, we allowed her to purchase a big item from her Christmas money--a Playmobil house, with which she now plays in ml!
Apr 4, 2018 3:37:31 GMT 9
Amy: Reward all the way round . Bilingual education can be a virtuous circle
Apr 4, 2018 5:26:18 GMT 9
Nellie: What great news, Mayken!
Apr 5, 2018 4:36:26 GMT 9
Raquel: I totally missed this. Congratulations, Mayken!! You have reason to be proud
Apr 10, 2018 20:08:02 GMT 9
Mayken: Thanks everyone! Today my daughter helped a classmate finish her ml homework just before school - all in ml. (My daughter had finished hers the day before at home.)
Apr 11, 2018 3:58:56 GMT 9
Raquel: I'm so sorry to hear about your mother's passing, Adam. She sounds like an amazing woman. Sending you a big hug from Madrid.
Apr 12, 2018 18:16:38 GMT 9
Marie: I am sorry to hear about your mother Adam. Thinking of you and your family.
Apr 13, 2018 4:25:21 GMT 9
Jana: What a beautiful tribute you wrote to your mother. Sending condolences from the SF Bay Area!
Apr 14, 2018 5:34:03 GMT 9
Kristin T.: I enjoyed reading your post about your mother. Those were some amazing photos to cherish forever. I am sorry for your loss. I know it's ever the more painful having been an expat so long. Take care & be kind to yourself.
Apr 16, 2018 2:24:35 GMT 9
Nellie: I'm so sorry to read about your mother Adam. She sounds like an incredible woman. Your friends across the world are thinking of you and your family!
Apr 17, 2018 0:50:25 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Thank you, everyone, for your warm expressions of sympathy on the loss of my mother. Your friendship and support has meant a lot to me at this challenging time.
Apr 17, 2018 7:44:14 GMT 9