[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: Adam Beck, thanks for sharing the impressions of your trip to China! I love those duck boats and that doorway! And meeting those kids wanting to speak English with you is so amazing!(I won't enter the giveaway because I'm afraid of winning the chicken claws!)
Feb 6, 2019 0:24:50 GMT 9
Mayken: My friend S asked her bilingual 2.5-year-old daughter: What language do mommy & daddy speak? D: English! S: What language does Grandma speak? D: French! S: What language do the cats speak? D (*thinks, then answers*): Meow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:08:00 GMT 9
Amy: Bless!! how cute is that!!! Reminds me of a similar thing that happened with my youngest when she was 18 months: she said the sound right for every animal but the cow. She kept answering "Lola" because of a famous Spanish nursery rhyme about a cow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:40:09 GMT 9
Alba: My son caught us by surprise when we said thank you (in English) to a waiter in a Mexican restaurant, and he said "gracias" (thank you) to him too in Spanish, also signing it! He was having a blast and there was some Spanish music in the background.
Feb 10, 2019 18:48:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Sounds like a wonderful moment, Alba!
Feb 11, 2019 11:57:53 GMT 9
Alba: Streaming problems: I decided to play some cartoons in ml2 (Hindi) which I knew had been playing in ml2 the day before with his dad. I was studying my son's face to see if he understood, turns out the cartoon was in Polish, not sure why!
Apr 4, 2019 0:44:39 GMT 9
Amy: Cute code switching this morning when my 3 year old told me "I get my pótamo" (she meant her hippo soft toy). This mixing was music to my ears... It means she is truly growing trilingual.
Apr 6, 2019 2:51:35 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Lovely, Amy! Good for you, and good for her! P.S. I like hippos.
Apr 7, 2019 10:32:37 GMT 9
Alba: So funny, Amy! Great to hear I love the word Hypo, every child says it different! My son did something similar when he say "This tocotó", he calls horses "tocotó" based on the noise they made when trotting (tocotó, iiii (neigh)-ok, for a Spanish ear)
Apr 8, 2019 6:52:09 GMT 9
Amy: Cheer Alba and Adam Beck! . I love these "baby" words. They are so cute. I like the "This tocotó" another example of state of the art Spanglish <3
Apr 9, 2019 4:54:05 GMT 9