There’s a sad lie going around in this world that only some accents are worthy of the top. Everything else needs to be hidden, padded down, and cleaned up to sound more “presentable” to the outside world. When I first started learning Japanese, I really, really tried to hide my American accent as much as possible. I wanted to sound like a native so badly, but do you know what?
Native speakers are totally overrated.
Bilingualism is all the rage right now and it would seem like every mother’s son is out there learning English as a second, third, or fourth language. (You get the idea.) Well, it can be easy to get caught up in the competition and forget that you are raising real human beings with their own dreams, aspirations, and ideas.
Here are some tips for moms out there who are hitting a rut with teaching English and Japanese to their kids. Continue reading
Alright, alright. I can see ya’ll staring at me. Japanese is HARD. Make that really hard and after all, isn’t English the lingua franca right now? Spanish was easier, so maybe we’ll just make our kids bilingual in Spanish and English? Why should I have to make that extra effort, when we’ll probably be moving back to my home country eventually anyway? Continue reading
So, you want to learn the Bible in Japanese, eh? It can’t be that hard, right? I mean, after all those cartwheels and back handsprings you had to do to learn kanji, learning the Bible is gonna be easy peasy, because after all, Western civilization was based on the Bible, so you’ve got this. Right?!? Wrong. Continue reading
I love how when I meet new people in Japan many of them love to say, “Oh wow, you’re kids have it so lucky; they’re gonna grow up speaking English.” As if teaching children a second language was as obvious as learning to walk. It’s not that simple, people. Continue reading