I'm Lorizin from Kangaroo Island in Australia. I'm an English teacher and I also care for orphaned baby kangaroos at the wildlife sanctuary on our farm. Baby kangaroos are called 'joeys'.
Two of our kangaroos, Kaoru and Miharu have been given Japanese names by a couple of my Japanese students who learned English with me.
Did you notice that both names end in the 'ru' sound, the same as in the word 'kangaroo'? Some of our other kangaroos are Rugi, Sandyru and Royru.
Do your friends like kangaroos and koalas?
I am starting an online club for children, called The Joey Club. There will be stories and information about Kangaroo Island, Australia and Australian animals, and a penpal club for Japanese children who would like to practise writing in English to Australian children. Perhaps Kaoru and Rugi will do some writing too!
Do you think your friends would enjoy this?
With a friendly wave from over here on Kangaroo Island,
Hello Lorizin! Lulu and Roy were happy to get your message from Kangaroo Island! (I printed it out for them and they read it at breakfast.) They like the idea of The Joey Club and they think their friends would like it, too. (Just a footnote to that: Kids in Japan, younger than junior high, don't generally have enough English ability to write letters.)
Anyway, I expanded on your message and asked them a few more questions...
What do you think of kangaroos?
Lulu: They're cute, and hoppity-hoppity!
Roy: They're cute, but when they attack, they're kind of scary.
[Adam's note: You'll soon see the "kangaroo attack" Roy is referring to...]
How about koalas?
Roy: I've never seen a real koala before. I want to see one.
Lulu: They're cute because the babies cling to their Mommies. I want to cuddle one.
[Adam's note: One of my favorite stuffed animals as a child was a little koala named "Kokwa." I have no idea why I named it "Kokwa" or why I still remember its name.]
Would you like to go to Kangaroo Island in Australia?
Roy: Yes, because there are lots of kangaroos and I want to see them jumping around.
Lulu: Yes, because kangaroos are cute and I want to pet one. But I don't want to pet a big one because Daddy got attacked by a big kangaroo.
[Adam's note: Here's the evidence, friends...]
Thank you for your message, Lorizin! Have a happy (hoppy?) day on Kangaroo Island!
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So you think your friends would be interested in kangaroos and koalas. When the Joey Club starts - it will probably be a few weeks - I'll write and tell you, and you can tell your friends.
Please tell Daddy that next time he feeds a friendly kangaroo he should squat down, and hold the food down low. That way the kangaroo will also stay down low. The kangaroo in the photo thinks your Daddy is making him stretch up to get the food. Kangaroos are very strong, and have very sharp claws; they can hurt if they scratch your arm when stretching up to get food that is being held up high and away from them.
Standing up tall in front of a male kangaroo can also make it think you are challenging it to a fight, so it is always important to stay down low! But the kangaroo with Daddy does not think that. I can see by the little smile on its face that it just thinks your daddy is playing a game.
If you would like to see more photos of our kangaroos and other Australian animals, have a look every now and again at my personal Facebook page, and the page for Shalom Valley Farm & Wildlife Sanctuary. I am gradually putting more photos there.
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Nellie: Adam - will watch the video as soon as I can (living circumstances not permitting right now - we are still in temp accommodation and I can't turn on volume) - looking forward to it!
Sept 22, 2017 5:56:44 GMT 9
Mayken: Skyping with grandma last night had to be cancelled due to technological problems - I needed to talk my mom through a Skype update and her phone battery died. :-(
Sept 25, 2017 20:45:42 GMT 9
Joanna: sorry Mayken...this is sad but funny as I'm sure many skype Grandparents have the same woes !(mine..) For us this weekend: potty training has led to great quality time reading and chatting, and some pretty hilarious ml questions
Sept 26, 2017 6:20:44 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken and Joanna, I can relate! My mother (Grandma) can't seem to get the sound on her computer working so when we Skype, we also have to use the telephone!
Sept 26, 2017 6:36:03 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam, and Joanna, it's good to know we're not alone in this!
Sept 27, 2017 2:46:28 GMT 9
Joanna: Planning a long Christmas minority language visit, so exciting!
Sept 30, 2017 14:46:01 GMT 9
Mayken: Yay! Skype is working again on my mom's tablet, meaning we can skype with ml grandma again!
Oct 2, 2017 23:12:24 GMT 9
Mayken: The other day my mom (monolingual ml) called while my daughter and I were out, so Daddy (monolingual ML) answered. My mom was amazed to find out he isn't monolingual ML any more after all, and praised his active ml ability.
Oct 3, 2017 23:28:39 GMT 9
Joanna: For each day my daughter is exposed to other people speaking English (here in France) I put a little star on the calendar...trying to fill it up!
Oct 8, 2017 3:52:17 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice motivating idea, Joanna! And Mayken, thanks for sharing your good news on two fronts!
Oct 9, 2017 7:11:50 GMT 9
Marisa: My daughter won't say number one in Spanish or English, but in German! She loves recognizing the number and saying it out loud... it sounds more like the word 'ice' in English, though, but it's 'eins.' Number 9, however, is 'nueve'. So funny!
Oct 11, 2017 10:33:45 GMT 9
Mayken: My dad's giving Adam's book to his Lithuanian friend's daughter, whose husband is sceptical about their little girl learning German.
Oct 14, 2017 21:10:20 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, thank you for sharing my book! I hope it can be helpful to them!
Oct 16, 2017 15:57:32 GMT 9
Marisa: Adam, another bilingual monkey is about to be born near me (one of my colleagues is giving birth tomorrow), so I also got her and her husband a copy of your book... this world needs more bilingual kids!
Oct 18, 2017 0:06:43 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Many thanks, Marisa! In my humble opinion, more bilingual kids = more empathy in the world = a more peaceful planet.
Oct 18, 2017 7:33:04 GMT 9