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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!)
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Marisa: "Victory moment:" My almost 4-year-old daughter told me yesterday in the ml (rough translation): "mom, there's something wrong with the cartoons, can you fix it, please?"... she was accidentally watching TV in the ML! So I gladly obliged
Jan 18, 2020 4:15:02 GMT 9
Amy: Awww bless her, Marisa!!! That was so cute!! <3
Jan 18, 2020 5:25:44 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Marisa, give that little minority language lover a big hug from me!
Jan 18, 2020 8:04:49 GMT 9
Mayken: We're at Harry Potter Book Night at the English bookshop in Paris. The activities are all in French but my daughter teamed up for the treasure hunt with a girl who also speaks ouf ml German!
Feb 8, 2020 3:50:49 GMT 9
Amy: Was stunned to hear eldest had an anglophone (ml) accent when she began to read in the ML this afternoon!! Didn't last more than a paragraph until her brain switched language, but chuffed mum here!!
Mar 7, 2020 23:05:49 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter found the secret stash of ml books I'd bought at the closure sale of the ml book store two months ago and hidden away for later. Guess it's a good time for new books now, right?
Mar 18, 2020 5:29:38 GMT 9
Caro C.: My baby (16mo) perfectly knows what "hi5" means and readily shows her hand even when we are not showing our hand first. It feels like the first minor blossom of the bilingual seed.
Jun 1, 2020 13:05:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice, Caro! Give her a high-five from me! And I look forward to hearing about many more happy developments to come!
Jun 8, 2020 15:12:21 GMT 9