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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

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

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

Put your elevator on

This makes me feel a little better about telling the girls how important it is to wear an elevator in the car… above chart originally found here.

Still working on my million mistakes

Even after two years, I still make some pretty ridiculous Arabic mistakes. Today I walked over to the veggie man to get some corn. After the back and forth of the normal greetings, I asked him, “Do you have worms?” Mistake # 698, 306. . .  Check!

It goes both ways

Caleb and I have both had our fair share of language oops (what’s the plural of oops – oopses?)… I think we’ve blogged about some of them here.  But we aren’t the only ones that are constantly “bringing cheer” to others with our choice of words… it works both ways, and we often get a … Continue reading