Hina has been making good friends, and we love to go out with them and learn more from our surroundings. We are lucky to have a homeschooling coop in our community now. Hina has just joined a big group of homeschoolers.
Thanks to the coop, Hina has met new friends, maybe we can call them as classmates, playmates, and so on. Hina learns drama, music, and art.
Surprisingly, Hina enjoys drama class the most so far.
Currently most of coop families are native speakers of English. It’s also a very good opportunity for us to learn their culture, lifestyle, ways of raising children, and of course, English.
Hina speaks English but her parents are not native speakers of English. So I am glad that Hina has an opportunity to meet native speakers from the US, Australia,and New Zealand because I believe that languages shape the way we think to some extent. She can learn new things from them.
She enjoys this big group so much. She was so hungry after the activities. She had a plate called “American Breakfast “ And she said “I am going to tell my American friends that I love their food!”
“Third culture” might be an issue when we talk with people from the “origin” country. Although it’s a bit narrow-minded to look at people only from their “nationalities”, such expectations are often seen and probably we will also see from now on.
Hina doesn’t mind speaking her native language with an English accent because English is her first language. But it doesn’t mean that she doesn’t value culture of her origin. She is quite interested in learning a history and culture.
She got a traditional dress as a gift from our guest.
She tried dancing with it. She kept asking me to teach how to dance the traditional dance properly. Since I don’t know it and there is a certain way of dancing the traditional dance, I asked a professional to come over to teach her the introduction.
I hope she would enjoy the class and absorb a culture from it.
Hina currently speaks English as her first language. English is considered as one of the basic skills in globalization. Knowing English is a privilege that Hina has.
However, if we look into the society more deeply, it’s not always the case. We cannot expect everyone to speak some English. And Hina needs to know it through her experience.
So I let her go shopping and pay by herself in a place where basically nobody speaks English.
In Hanoi, the cashier spoke to Hina in Vietnamese, and Hina guessed what she meant from her actions. Hina got the change successfully, too.
Next time was in the countrysides of Cambodia. I asked Hina to buy a can of cooking gas and to receive the charge, too. Hina said ok but she said she needed to look at the google map although the shop was close. She wanted to know exactly where she could buy it. But the shops there all look like this.
And it makes it harder for foreigners to find what they want. We need to ask them if they have it without words.
Hina came back after around 10 minutes, saying that she couldn’t find a gas shop. There is no gas shop but she needed to ask people without words.