Lulu: A top that you can spin around--it's made from three pieces of paper.
Roy: A ninja shuriken. It's a little hard to make, but you can throw it at your enemies.
When you think to yourselves (in your mind), do you think in English or Japanese?
Lulu: I usually think in Japanese because I'm thinking in Japanese all day at school. At home, sometimes in Japanese and sometimes in English.
Roy: I think in both. When I'm talking to you and people who speak English, I think in English. With Mommy and other people, I think in Japanese.
Nikoya, have a fun, origami-filled day with your daughter!
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).
Thank you Lulu & Roy for letting us know your interests!
My daughter says hi to you both, and she too looks forward to playing with you soon. I am going to call her A-chan for the sake of keeping things clear.
A-chan and me were reading their answers, and just when I read out Lulu's hobbies, we looked at each other with a smile and said "same hobbies!". She was so happy that one more person shares her interests !
Ahh...and they are so confident about their hobbies! Smart kids!
And, when I asked A-chan if she knows how to make a crane, top and ninja shuriken, the first thing she asked me was "what's a top?", but when I said it's a "koma" in Japanese, she immediately understood.
There seems to be a gradual fine-tuning process in A-chan's CPU!
Interesting how Lulu and Roy try to make use of both languages to suit the situation. Good job!
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
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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