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TBT: Second English

TBT: Second English

Originally posted on beautiful feet: the blog version:
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…

Personalities and language learning

Before moving here, we just assumed that any kids we had would grow up speaking Arabic fluently.  We found out pretty quickly that living in the part of Beirut we do, it was going to take a lot more work for them to pick up the language than just the community exposure. As soon as … Continue reading

Second English

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 … Continue reading

Hi, kifak, ça va?

Having conversations in Beirut involves a unique mix of Arabic, English and even French.  It makes becoming fluent in Arabic in this city quite difficult… although it does make communicating easier.  People don’t even blink if you insert an English word in the middle of an Arabic sentence – which is generally what I do … Continue reading

Arabic… English… French… and Isla.

Isla is learning so much at school.  But sometimes things get a little lost in translation. We aren’t always even sure which language she is trying to sing in.  And even when we figure that out, it sometimes takes a few days or even weeks before we figure out what the song is.   The … Continue reading

Arabic, English and French, oh my!

Lebanese are known for being excellent linguists.  At the school Isla attends, they study English, French and formal Arabic starting at age 3.  It makes learning Arabic, in Beirut especially, difficult because so many people speak at least a little English. Even though Isla was born in Lebanon and has lived here her whole life, … Continue reading

Umbrella, Mom…. same difference.

Yesterday, one of the girls came home from school saying that she had to take in a picture of her mom.  Sort of makes sense because Mother’s Day is next week – they are probably making some kind of card or craft (although as a Mom, would I really want a craft with my OWN … Continue reading

Isla’s Arabic

While we were in the States, Isla’s English just exploded.  She went from two, maybe three word phrases to multiple sentences in a row.  Since we’ve been back, she’s been picking up a lot of Arabic as well.   What’s been really funny to me is Isla doesn’t let me speak any Arabic to her. … Continue reading

Oh, what a day to be in class…

You know how they always talk about how you’ll remember for years exactly the thing you were doing the moment some major world event happens? Well, this is what I was doing… …while this was going down in London. Hope they remember how special this day was for me!  For the first time ever, after … Continue reading