My kids are off skiing this week with my husband - I don't ski, so the dog and I are enjoying a staycation at home.
They sent me postcards -- in English! And they're adorable. Benjamin is 11, Noah is 8 (9 next month).
"Hi Mom, I am having a great time skiing! For now, I am doing great with my group, I ski pretty well. My skeacher (ski teacher) is named Silivay. It is sometimes hard to say his name. I like the cookman, he is nice and the food is delicious, just so good. As good as dady's food. Well, to write short, I'm having fun. Love, Benjamin."
"Dear mom, I am having fun, there isn't much snow but we are still skiing. My sky teacher is called robert, I love this center. The cook is called bruno. Love, Noah."
Benjamin loves to read in English and identifies as American (though he is both American & French), but it's much harder going with Noah, who prefers to read in French and speak French. So getting postcards from both in English is a great success and I'm very pleased!
Alisa, thanks for sharing this! It's a lovely idea that not only generates engagement in the target language, and a sample of current ability and further needs, but also creates an adorable keepsake of that moment in time. I'm sure you'll hold onto these cute postcards for years to come and that your sons will one day, as bilingual men, look at them and smile, remembering this ski trip with their father.
Good for you, and good for your kids!
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Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for sharing the impressions of your trip to China! I love those duck boats and that doorway! And meeting those kids wanting to speak English with you is so amazing!(I won't enter the giveaway because I'm afraid of winning the chicken claws!)
Feb 6, 2019 0:24:50 GMT 9
Mayken: My friend S asked her bilingual 2.5-year-old daughter: What language do mommy & daddy speak? D: English! S: What language does Grandma speak? D: French! S: What language do the cats speak? D (*thinks, then answers*): Meow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:08:00 GMT 9
Amy: Bless!! how cute is that!!! Reminds me of a similar thing that happened with my youngest when she was 18 months: she said the sound right for every animal but the cow. She kept answering "Lola" because of a famous Spanish nursery rhyme about a cow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:40:09 GMT 9
Alba: My son caught us by surprise when we said thank you (in English) to a waiter in a Mexican restaurant, and he said "gracias" (thank you) to him too in Spanish, also signing it! He was having a blast and there was some Spanish music in the background.
Feb 10, 2019 18:48:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Sounds like a wonderful moment, Alba!
Feb 11, 2019 11:57:53 GMT 9
Alba: Streaming problems: I decided to play some cartoons in ml2 (Hindi) which I knew had been playing in ml2 the day before with his dad. I was studying my son's face to see if he understood, turns out the cartoon was in Polish, not sure why!
Apr 4, 2019 0:44:39 GMT 9
Amy: Cute code switching this morning when my 3 year old told me "I get my pótamo" (she meant her hippo soft toy). This mixing was music to my ears... It means she is truly growing trilingual.
Apr 6, 2019 2:51:35 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Lovely, Amy! Good for you, and good for her! P.S. I like hippos.
Apr 7, 2019 10:32:37 GMT 9
Alba: So funny, Amy! Great to hear I love the word Hypo, every child says it different! My son did something similar when he say "This tocotó", he calls horses "tocotó" based on the noise they made when trotting (tocotó, iiii (neigh)-ok, for a Spanish ear)
Apr 8, 2019 6:52:09 GMT 9
Amy: Cheer Alba and Adam Beck! . I love these "baby" words. They are so cute. I like the "This tocotó" another example of state of the art Spanglish <3
Apr 9, 2019 4:54:05 GMT 9