Because the promise I made to myself to blog once a week is apparently too hard to keep… instead of something new enjoy this randomly selected old post, originally published on March 21, 2014
Even though she was born and raised in Lebanon, Isla’s first and strongest language is English.
Honestly, we expected her to be both fluent in English and Arabic by this time. We do live, after all, in an Arabic speaking country, and both her Daddy and I speak Arabic (though not fluently… yet! :))
There are two main reasons her English is much stronger. One, Beirut. English is so prevalent here, and Isla is clearly a foreigner, so people just assume she doesn’t speak Arabic. Even though we insist that people use Arabic so that she can learn, they rarely do. So her Arabic input has never been high enough. When someone asks her a question in Arabic, she replies in English and they understand her, it just reinforces to her that she doesn’t actually need Arabic.
The second reason is her personality. She is shy and she’s a perfectionist…
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