Mayken, we thank you for the birthday wishes! Roy was happy to see your lively greetings! ("How does it move?" he wanted to know.)
How do children celebrate their birthdays in Japan?
Roy: We eat cake and celebrate and get presents. And then it's over.
Lulu: We eat sekihan.
[Adam's note: This kind of "red rice" is called sekihan and is a traditional food for celebrations, though this doesn't mean it's always eaten on birthdays. Basically, kids in Japan celebrate their birthdays in much the same way as many other children in the world. As an American, though, I can tell you that the Japanese cakes are rather different from what I grew up eating on my own birthdays. In Japan, the cakes are light and topped with cream; they don't use the sort of sugary icing found on American cakes that makes your teeth rattle. (Though, personally, I kind of miss those teeth-rattling cakes...)]
Mayken, we'll have to figure out a creative way for our daughters to share in their birthday celebrations this year! (Lulu also has the same birthday as her favorite teacher at school!)
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.
Amy: And to all other fellow zookeepers of course!
Nov 4, 2018 18:13:28 GMT 9
Wojtek: Yesterday my daughter used a Polish word in an English sentence. From time to time she does it (don't know if I should be happy about that), but anyway what was amusing about that, she said it with an English accent!
Nov 5, 2018 18:23:45 GMT 9
Wojtek: I feel the English accent in our monolingual family has seemed to be something unreachable but in that mixed sentence, I heard the difference. It surprised me slightly.
Nov 5, 2018 18:23:55 GMT 9
Amy: So cute Wojtek! And such a lovely piece of news!
Nov 7, 2018 6:29:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice Wojtek! Give that little girl a big hug from Uncle Adam!
Nov 7, 2018 10:16:33 GMT 9
Amy: Beautiful pictures Adam! The serenity of the place transpired in every pic. Thank you for sharing them
Nov 11, 2018 21:58:40 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, Amy, she got a lot of ml exposure but there's only so many times I can watch a Bibi & Tina DVD. Glad she's back at school today.
Nov 13, 2018 0:16:03 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter's school had the annual lantern pageant yesterday. It always moves me to tears when I see the kids stand and belt out the songs in our ml. This year, the ml kids also recited a short poem on St Martin.
Nov 25, 2018 3:34:49 GMT 9