We love to hear stories about your children speaking Japanese outside of school. Here are some terrific ones submitted with our Parent Survey 2009.
SHE SAYS THE *HAIKU'S*. SHE LIKES TO SAY *KONICHIWA* AND *ARIGATO*. IT'S FUN TO SEE HER LEARN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES!
Sam loved the trip to the Japanese restaurant! We are excited to attend the dance on June 2nd :) Samuel does occasionally say his numbers in Japanese - I need to be more aware of the opportunities that the website has! Thank you!
Nathan sat down to color and started saying the colors of the crayons in Japanese. "Mommy I'm going to use ........" I picked up more crayons and started asking him "what is this in Japanese" I was very amazed at what he has learned throughout this year.
My daughter is always singing this Japanese song call number one. her big thing is to get the family to participate which is always fun.
Every time we watch a movie about Japan, Sydney likes to comment about what they are saying and she is able to understand and to follow the dialogue.
We are of Portuguese decent, and my husband and I speak the language fluently. We try to teach our kids to also speak it, but it is difficult because we speak portuguese as a second language at home. They do however understand it fluently, and can say some things in Portuguese. The story that I have to share is that every time I ask my kids to say a color or object in Portuguese, they say it in Japanese. It's kind of cute but at the same time frustrating because they both know it in Japanese, but not in our own language without some help. It is however awesome to see them learning such a difficult language at such an early age. Keep up the great work and thank you!
My child has talked about Japanese everyday when she comes home.
When she had her box she described things in Japanese and Alyssa talks Japanese in front of her Aunts and Uncles. She loves telling me new words and poems that she learned in Japanese class.
She comes home and sings Japanese songs and the numbers.
MY NIECE STEPHANIE SPEAKS FLUENTLY, WHICH IS GREAT FOR JUSTIN . POINTS OUT OR SAYS IN JAPENESE AND ENGLISH.. IM PROUD OF JUSTIN HE ALSO LEARNING PORTUGUESE HE IS LOOKING FORWARD TO GOING ON THE SCHOOL TRIP TO JAPAN.
MY SONS LIKE TO SAY HI AND GOODBYE IN JAPANES AND JONAH LIKES TO TEACH US WORDS LIKE TOILET PAPER AND OTHE RPRACTICAL HOUSEHOLD ITEMS.
Our pre-schooler has been teaching us the numbers 1-10. He also pretends to be "Ms. Hexagon (Ms. Haxhi-san)" and speaks to us in "Japanese"!
Richie went on the website while at my house one day to play Japanese games, and tried to teach me how to read and play. We laughed at my pronunciations, and we both really enjoyed ourselves.
We have gone out to dinner, albeit a Chinese restuarant, and Ryan has been inspired to educate us. He loves to tell us and the rest of our family and friends how to sing, speak, count, etc. in Japanese. This is a subject that he can get excited about. Thank you for bringing this to my son's life!
At home we practice little things like using japanese numbers (when asking each other the time)
We use it for yes/no questions and asking to repeat what was just said
and graciousness - because those should be automatic. We also practice a little origami on the side - because it is fun.
Approximately 3 yrs ago Jacob was taken to get a haircut. Unknowingly to him, the lady who cut his hair was of Asian descent and began to speak out in Japanese to him. We were shocked to hear him talk to her and so was she. Her voice said it all, "You speaking Japanese", and he replied "yes". When the haircut was done she gave him 3 lollipops instead of the normal 1 that they give kids.
Erica came home the other day & told me several Japanese words for articles of clothing - hat, shirt, sneakers, etc. Ariel will sometimes recite her numbers in Japanese to family members. She has also told us different words or poems/songs they have learned.
Vanessa sings to her baby brother in Japanese.
Yes, last year we took Olivia to Epcot. We ate at Teppan Edo. Olivia had only taken Japanese for a few months; however, she sang Japanese songs with the Japanese waitresses. She bought a fan which the Japanese lady wrote her name on it. Everyone was so impressed how "authentic" she sounded. This year we went to the Japanese store at Epcot and Olivia was excited to buy a Daruma-san. She was excited to bring it to school to show everyone. Olivia loves the Japanese program at Maloney and so do we! We were surprised to see the entire class session conducted strictly in Japanese--no English! Can't wait to come to her class next week! We are hoping to go on the next trip to Japan with the school. We even shamed Olivia recently into trying Sushi and she liked it!!!!!
My son loves Japanese class, he can't wait to visit Japan. He loves telling us all about the new words he learns.
They tend to name things in Japanese or recognize symbols. They also make comments on the differences in our cultures (ie. boys day, name of the backpack and its significance to a Japanese student).
I’m still learning some of the words Thomas says I’m happy he’s learning the new language.
During a recent trip to a nearby Hibachi restaurant, Emily stated, "Arigato," to the server. He was surprised.
We enjoy going to Japanese restaurants. There is one in Farmington, ct. and one in the derby area that we enjoy. The boys will talk with the employees in Japanese. and they always say thank you in Japanese to the waitresses and hibachi cooks. I'm always so proud of this. and to see the faces of people when they see the boys speak Japanese is just awesome.
We were at a zoo and we came across a Japanese Deer. Once Ian found out the name of the animal, he proceeded to call the deer by the Japanese name (he was correct, I checked), then continued speaking in Japanese to the deer. We were impressed, even though we had no idea what he said.
Ian will also occasionally break out into a Japanese song- we love to hear the language sung!