It's us again. Tatyana in San Francisco, with Natalie and Mila.
Your fans need to know, what color is the dress? Ask your dad, he'll show you a picture.
Speaking of lots of people going crazy over a silly thing - I know you read a lot, and have been to US. Is there anything Americans do that you find silly? It can be all of us or just some Americans you saw or read about.
I can tell you what I find strange about Japanese culture - the low dinner table. If we had a table so low, our dogs would join us for dinner. They're terribly behaved dogs and try to eat human food all the time. Japanese dogs must be better trained, or maybe people in Japan are better at sharing.
Tatyana, thanks for your question! Actually, we hadn't heard about the "dress controversy" here in Japan. (I had to google it.) But concerning your question...
Is there anything Americans do that you find silly?
Roy: Americans eat too much food and people get fat.
Lulu: There are too many fat foods. People in Japan don't get fat so much. And in America, when you put up your middle finger, it starts a fight. Why does it have to be the middle finger? Why not the first finger, or the second finger, or the pinky?
[Adam's note: It's true, on our rare visits to the U.S., we can't help being amazed by the size of the portions and some of the people. Poor Roy still shakes his head over the fact that he had to throw away half of an ice cream cone he got from a Baskin-Robbins because it was so big. A child throwing away ice cream?! What has this world come to?! And as for low tables in Japan, not everyone eats at these low tables. We sit at a regular dining room table...though my kids have been known to eat from bowls on the floor every now and then. ]
Tatyana, we hope to see all of you in San Francisco one day! I lived there long ago, and I miss it dearly!
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.
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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