Hello Melissa! Thanks for your question! Yes, Lulu and Roy have a cousin in the U.S. (who's Lulu's age) so they're painfully aware of the long summer vacation about to begin in that part of the world. In Japan, the school year starts in April and ends in March, with a summer break of about six weeks which begins later in July.
What are some of your favorite activities, field trips, or other events that you do when you have school holidays to work on your English?
If you could do anything you wanted to to improve your English, next school holiday, what would it be?
Roy: Homestays! People from other countries come to our house and stay with us. I hope someone comes to our house this summer! Lulu: Going to America! It's fun to go to America and see Grandma and Grandpa. I want to go to America again! And I want my own suitcase!
[Adam's note: We've been a host family for 10 homestays so far, people from a variety of countries, which last from a weekend to a couple of weeks. In most cases these visitors speak English quite well--and so the experience is great for language exposure and global awareness--but not long ago we hosted a high school girl from Thailand who spoke no English or Japanese. That was tough! As for trips to America, I'm afraid we seldom have this chance (it's such a big and costly trip), but fortunately my children have been able to make some happy memories of their grandparents. ]
Melissa, we hope you and your kids have a fun summer that's full of your minority language!
Adam Beck is the author of the popular nonfiction books "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability" and "I WANT TO BE BILINGUAL!" (illustrated by Pavel Goldaev) as well as the award-winning humorous novel "How I Lost My Ear" (illustrated by Simon Farrow).
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