I would like to connect with others who are raising their kids in a minority language in Japan.
I hope we can share experiences with the pluses and minuses of local school vs international school.
Also, strategies and challenges that might be unique to living in Japan. For example, my general feeling is that it takes a lot more work to be literate in Japanese than in European languages.
Perhaps we could make a playgroup despite any geographic differences between us. Meet somewhere to go camping, onsen, or we may happen to be visiting each other's locales by chance.
To give you some background, I visited several international schools in Tokyo and will visit both Japanese public and private schools. Presently my son is in a public nursery though he did spend a year in an international nursery. I am presently leaning towards a dual-language school in Tokyo as the end-game but that is still not decided as I would greatly benefit from the experiences of others in this community.
Terry, I would recommend that you also connect with the "Education in Japan" community, led by the always-helpful Aileen Kawagoe. This could be an excellent source of support for your educational and social aims. For all the details, see...
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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