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 non-fiction 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.
Mayken: My daughter's ml homework for this week included baking a cake - there's a cake in the story they read, and after each chapter there are questions and tasks, and the current chapter has the step-by-step recipe. She's to bring the cake to school too.
May 1, 2018 23:48:48 GMT 9
Amy: What a nice original homework! Makes such a change from standard homework, and I wouldn't be surprised if kids remember more from it! I like your bilingual school Mayken! Lucky little girl, and lucky Mummy!
May 2, 2018 0:00:43 GMT 9
Mayken: ml cake homework update: About half the class brought cake (8 out of 15), not all of them were the cake from the book recipe, but my daughter's was the most popular. (Maybe because we added food colouring and topped it with chocolate icing and smarties?)
May 4, 2018 5:58:10 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Cake is definitely my favorite kind of homework!
May 4, 2018 11:28:51 GMT 9
Jana: One of the best parts of having kids in bilingual school was getting Mother's Day cards in two languages! (With less-than-perfect spelling in both!) Ha!
May 15, 2018 9:16:08 GMT 9
Amy: (Twice) Lucky you Jana! So nice to read exciting pieces of news like yours!
May 16, 2018 5:46:25 GMT 9
Mayken: I still have that to look forward to, Jana! Mother's Day in our ML country is two weeks later, and the ml teacher goes along with that date. (It was last Sunday in our ml country.)
May 16, 2018 5:58:11 GMT 9