Wednesday, January 20, 2010

bi-lingualness

Well, my goodness.

I was sure surprised to have so many of you come out of hiding yesterday! Ya'll need to stop in and say 'hello' more often!

As far as my blog goes, we'll just play it by ear. But I will definitely let you know if something changes, ok?

As you know, I'm always trying to figure out ways to build my relationship with Macy, without cramping her teenage-style. It occurred to me that we have been working hard on her English...but what about my Chinese?? So I broke out the dusty R*setta Stone (Mandarin) last night and we got started. Macy was a HUGE help to me!!! Plus, it helped her English because I had her translate for me. It was really great. We laughed (actually, we both laughed at me) and I realized that this situation was so good in so many ways! We both were learning a new language (some of us learned more than others), we bonded a bit, and it gave her a sense of empowerment...she was in a position of being the one "in control." I think it boosted her confidence. Yay!

We will definitely continue our lessons for all those reasons. And before you know it, I'll be wow-ing you with my bi-lingualness!

Well, something like that.

7 comments:

allisyn said...

Hi lori, just wanted you to know if you go private, PLEEEAAASSEE invite me! i love reading your posts :)

a Tonggu Momma said...

So how does that Midwestern accent sound with Mandarin? Because I've been told I speak a version of Mandarin called MandyRin, which is a southerner's equivalent. Best of luck as you continue your lessons! I find it challenging, but fun.

Karin said...

Ohhh...fun! I took Chinese classes for awhile (at a local Chinese church). I loved it! I found though, that the best way to learn and remember is to speak it with someone who knows it. I learned a lot from our Chinese friends--who sadly, didn't have much time to work with me because they were always studying. :) The Chinese that I use in China is pretty much just what they taught me--so hooray for Macy!!! Now when you and I go and rock babies at Lynsay's, you can speak to the nannies there. :))))

Holly said...

It would be so nice to have a live in Chinese tutor. I would love to learn it! So glad it's working well for you guys and creating some good bonding time. Love it!

Debby said...

Lucky you with a live in tutor...=)

Are you still going to the Chinese Church services with Macy? How about a mom & Macy day (bring Lucy too??) for lunch & maicures?? I'd think that might be a fun bonding experience.

Anonymous said...

Such a great idea! So glad God put you 2 together!

Jean said...

How fun for you two to do that together! The kids love it when we speak chinese! Sarah rolls on the floor whenever Dad tries!

I bet Macy is a great teacher and a huge help!

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