[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!)
Adam Beck is the author of the popular nonfiction books "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability" and "I WANT TO BE BILINGUAL!" (illustrated by Pavel Goldaev) as well as the award-winning humorous novel "How I Lost My Ear" (illustrated by Simon Farrow).
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'.
Marisa: "Victory moment:" My almost 4-year-old daughter told me yesterday in the ml (rough translation): "mom, there's something wrong with the cartoons, can you fix it, please?"... she was accidentally watching TV in the ML! So I gladly obliged
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Amy: Awww bless her, Marisa!!! That was so cute!! <3
Jan 18, 2020 5:25:44 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Marisa, give that little minority language lover a big hug from me!
Jan 18, 2020 8:04:49 GMT 9
Mayken: We're at Harry Potter Book Night at the English bookshop in Paris. The activities are all in French but my daughter teamed up for the treasure hunt with a girl who also speaks ouf ml German!
Feb 8, 2020 3:50:49 GMT 9
Amy: Was stunned to hear eldest had an anglophone (ml) accent when she began to read in the ML this afternoon!! Didn't last more than a paragraph until her brain switched language, but chuffed mum here!!
Mar 7, 2020 23:05:49 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter found the secret stash of ml books I'd bought at the closure sale of the ml book store two months ago and hidden away for later. Guess it's a good time for new books now, right?
Mar 18, 2020 5:29:38 GMT 9
Caro C.: My baby (16mo) perfectly knows what "hi5" means and readily shows her hand even when we are not showing our hand first. It feels like the first minor blossom of the bilingual seed.
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