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!
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the popular book Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability amzn.to/22XKuCt and the humorous novel How I Lost My Ear amzn.to/2EsjVRS, both available worldwide. Please support The Bilingual Zoo through Adam's Patreon page www.patreon.com/bilingualmonkeys.
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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Amy: Last year, a new colleague joined my team. She's trilingual in the same languages as me. It was like magic. We change languages and even code-switch several time a day. I had missed that so much!! My monolingual colleagues must think we're freaks! lol
May 8, 2019 4:56:12 GMT 9
Amy: Unfortunately, she has resigned and is leaving shortly. I was so proud to introduce her to my eldest, one day that I had brought her to show her round my office. And to introduce other bi/multilingual colleagues. Show how important languages are.
May 8, 2019 4:58:26 GMT 9
Mayken: That must have been wonderful, Amy! I'm sorry she is leaving. I would love to find someone like that. We had an English intern last year who spoke German and French. We chatted a lot.
May 8, 2019 6:06:01 GMT 9
Caro C.: Oh Amy I sort of feel related to what you are saying. Some months ago I made a friend from the US. She happens to be a neighbor with four kids. We’ve been sharing back and forth and I’d love my baby girl to eventually be able to share with her children
May 13, 2019 12:55:09 GMT 9
Caro C.: Although maybe they will be a bit old for her, still we (I mean their mom = Sarah and me) both are very happy and grateful for each other as friends.
May 13, 2019 12:57:05 GMT 9
Mayken: As of yesterday, I am aunt to a baby girl who lives in our ml country with 2 ml parents, and I'm already planning to get them a nice nursery rhymes CD for our first visit.
May 16, 2019 20:03:47 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice, Mayken! Have a happy visit!
May 17, 2019 9:10:21 GMT 9
Caro C.: OMG I just came across this song and it filled my heart with joy and excitement...perfect for all of us who are parents: youtu.be/g1fcnhB8GOY
May 19, 2019 14:01:55 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Caro, thanks for sharing that lovely song. Raffi was one of our very favorite musicians when my kids were small. We listened to him all the time. I highly recommend his albums as a source of very enjoyable and very effective English input.
May 20, 2019 15:32:26 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter is on a field trip this week and I feel like I've lost my main purpose
May 20, 2019 20:03:33 GMT 9
Raquel: That's cute, Mayken. I hope you enjoyed all that extra free time.
May 29, 2019 18:17:39 GMT 9
SheilaC: I am concern about our upcoming big change to Public school with all English teaching and minimal Spanish. We have been lucky until now with Spanish speaking Nanny and Spanish immersion preschool. We are doing 2-day per week with Spanish after school.
May 31, 2019 10:51:49 GMT 9
Amy: @sheilac, I suggest you create an actual thread on the "Questions & Concerns" board, so fellow Zoo Keepers can help you with your concerns. 256 characters is too little to discuss something that is so important to your heart
Jun 2, 2019 23:44:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for that very interesting and timely post - it justifies the large order for ml books and DVDs I'm about to place in view of my daughters upcoming birthday!
Jun 3, 2019 23:46:00 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Great to hear this, Mayken! And happy birthday to both yours and mine! (They have the same birthday, don't they?) And if anyone missed that post, here's the link once more...
Jun 4, 2019 8:03:42 GMT 9