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.
Adam Beck: I have a new book coming out (more on this soon!) and, to celebrate, on Saturday afternoon we went bowling...and my 10-year-old son ended up *sobbing* because he was rolling gutter balls. (Note to self: No more celebrations that involve bowling balls.)
Feb 4, 2018 5:46:30 GMT 9
Marisa: Bowling is a scary experience, Adam! I was "traumatized" the first time I tried, and it took several years to give it a second try
Feb 5, 2018 1:38:07 GMT 9
Mayken: 7yo went to see a one-woman-play (fairy tale) with her ml class and 3 other ml classes (years above and below her) - a play with participation by the spectators. It was so nice to see those 50+ kids all chat and interact in our ml!
Feb 6, 2018 6:34:09 GMT 9
Amy: Just received your novel Adam, just in time for the weekend! I already read 3 chapters and am loving the style! Congrats!
Feb 10, 2018 6:25:05 GMT 9
Adam Beck: That's so nice to hear, Amy! I look forward to more impressions as you continue reading!
Feb 10, 2018 10:46:14 GMT 9
Mayken: After writing a letter in the ML to her new friend for whom it is the ml, my daughter is now on the phone with her friend from ml country. (And hiding in her room with my phone. No more phone cords to hold her back.)
Feb 11, 2018 23:13:29 GMT 9
Nellie: Book ordered Adam!
Feb 15, 2018 6:20:36 GMT 9
Nellie: Mayken - so cute! The terrible teens are approaching!
Feb 15, 2018 6:21:21 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nellie, thank you! I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to your impressions!
Feb 15, 2018 6:34:04 GMT 9
Wojtek: I found sample Eiken tests on grade 5 and 4 (There was Adam's article) and did the first part with my daughter (20 questions). On Grade 5 she did 16 of 20 correctly and on grade 4: 12 of 20. Not so bad though. She failed those where grammar was included.
Feb 15, 2018 20:43:25 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wojtek, your daughter is still very young so I would say those are really positive results! Your efforts are clearly producing a lot of progress. Good for you, and good for your daughter!
Feb 16, 2018 7:52:23 GMT 9
Undraa: A big congrats from my end to you for your new book Adam!
Feb 16, 2018 16:50:56 GMT 9
Wojtek: Big thanks, Adam. Those tests on grade 5 are so basic but anyway they prove that my girl understands them and knows the answers. That was quite interesting experience.
Feb 16, 2018 16:54:32 GMT 9
Wojtek: Congratulations on your book, Adam! I read the beginning on Amazon and as always I have the impression you took several pages from the dictionary with a range of sophisticated words and just put them in. That's why the book will be very valuable for me.
Feb 16, 2018 17:01:19 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wojtek, thanks! Even if you're unfamiliar with some of the vocabulary, I think the lively story will carry you through the book. I hope you enjoy it, and also find it useful for your English!
Feb 16, 2018 18:43:12 GMT 9
Dani: Hi everyone, It has been a while... Congrats on your new book Adam! Would love to get a copy too.
Feb 17, 2018 8:30:36 GMT 9