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 book "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability", praised worldwide by parents and experts in the field. Available at Amazon amzn.to/22XKuCt, the global Amazon sites, and other booksellers.
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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