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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Amy: And to all other fellow zookeepers of course!
Nov 4, 2018 18:13:28 GMT 9
Wojtek: Yesterday my daughter used a Polish word in an English sentence. From time to time she does it (don't know if I should be happy about that), but anyway what was amusing about that, she said it with an English accent!
Nov 5, 2018 18:23:45 GMT 9
Wojtek: I feel the English accent in our monolingual family has seemed to be something unreachable but in that mixed sentence, I heard the difference. It surprised me slightly.
Nov 5, 2018 18:23:55 GMT 9
Amy: So cute Wojtek! And such a lovely piece of news!
Nov 7, 2018 6:29:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice Wojtek! Give that little girl a big hug from Uncle Adam!
Nov 7, 2018 10:16:33 GMT 9