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!
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Mayken: My 7-year-old, her ML dad and a ml family are going to the Christmas market at a ml school today - and I can't go with them! (Hope that ML dad's presence doesn't stop the kids from speaking ml together.)
Dec 2, 2017 22:12:04 GMT 9
Amy: I'm sure the language balance is heavily in favour of the ml. Don't you worry Mayken. And it's also good that your daughter sees that the ml exists beyond the Mummy sphere. It will give more weight to the ml to hear from another sphere.
Dec 2, 2017 22:51:42 GMT 9
Mayken: In the end, it was my daughter with ML dad and the other girl with ML mom (but who's fluent in ml). The other girl got tired of ml after a while but my girl chatted with people in ml and bought ml books and a snack, all in ml!
Dec 5, 2017 0:29:57 GMT 9
Amy: Not so bad after all then, Mayken
Dec 5, 2017 6:27:24 GMT 9
Mayken: Not bad at all, I just regret I wasn't there with them.
Dec 6, 2017 6:11:36 GMT 9
Amy: As the French have it Mayken: "ce n'est que partie remise!"
Dec 6, 2017 18:47:06 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter wrote her letter to Santa in the ml this weekend, and we'll send it to Santa's address in the ml country, that way she'll get an ml letter back from him! Last item on her wishlist reads "The second Harry Potter book, and more books."
Dec 11, 2017 23:59:38 GMT 9
Adam Beck: More books is always good!
Dec 12, 2017 8:15:58 GMT 9
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