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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…

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Inshallah.  God willing.  A phrase that should be one that speaks of dependence and trust is probably the most frustrating thing you can hear. Ask the electrician when he will come.  When he says “tomorrow, inshallah,” be prepared to wait at least three days. When a friend says she’ll pass by for a visit, inshallah, … Continue reading

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

First word?

Ruby’s been saying this pretty consistently for the past few weeks, but we kept debating whether or not it is actually her first word. But I think I’m calling it.  Not ‘mama’ or ‘dada’ or ‘Isla.’  Not ‘more’ like her big sister.  But Ruby’s first word totally fits her personality.  Our little social butterfly.  The … 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 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

Top Ten Isla-isms

Isla actually didn’t really start talking a lot until this summer, when her vocab just exploded.  Now we can’t get her to stop talking.  Like any toddler, she’s had some funny ways of expressing herself, funny pronunciations. Here are my favorites: 10.  “One two fee dubba vee” (when she was learning to count at the … Continue reading