It’s 1:35 and I am not asleep yet!! My family and I were in a chalet today. We had a great time and the company of my cusions made it greater. Ameer that lil boy made me day. I love his broken Arabic accent because it makes him sweeter and sweeter. He is 5 years old now and he has been living in US with his family for the passed three years.
Being at a young age like him meant not being able to master or even know afew words of his Arabic language. When he started to utter his first words, he was surrounded by Americans and so his first words were “cat” and ” dog”!! His family is spending their vacation here so it’s almost their second month here. Add to this it’s being their first vacation since they left to US for business. His 1st two weeks were a disaster!! He was feeling like being entraped in a new place, new people, and moreover new language for him!! The kids at his age were thrilled to see him but he was a bit withdrwan for not being able to communicate with them unless there was a translator around. A month passed and he started progressing. Not to mention that he was trying his ultimate best to cope and learn as much Arabic words as he can so that he would find a place for him in the picture!!
I met him twice but it was during his withdrawn period so we didn’t talk much. Today, he was totally different. He culd understand what we were saying and moreover, he could use the same context to express himself. Though, his Arabic was broken to a kid at his age but hearing him pronoucnning them was sweet I must admit.
I as well as my family members blamed his mom and dad for the big confusion he was in. We all know that being in the states as well as many English spoken countries means one thing which is, speaking the same language in your daily life. However, that didn’t mean not to speak Arabic at home since our original language is the Arabic language. True we are driven into learning foriegn languages because it is becoming a must nowadays and tru people are boosting around with it considering it a wowing thingie but that doesn’t mean ommiting our language and totally replacing it with whatsoever language it is!!
Your opinions please?