Hola or Ni hao?

Cover of "Learn Spanish (Learn Languages ...
Cover of Learn Spanish (Learn Languages Series)

I’m a planner.  Considering we’ve been trying to adopt for 5 years now I’ve had plenty of time to plan.  We’ve discussed everything from dating rules for our kids to who’s going to pay for their first car etc.  One of the things I’ve thought about lately is languages.  It is so important now to be bilingual at the very least.  I took 4 years of Spanish in school.  I can be cordial with the waitress at our local Mexican restaurant but I’m nowhere near conversational or fluent.  I do have a book on tape on my iPod, I guess that would be audiobook now- old habits, and I’ve listened to it some . I bought it when we were working on our Guatemalan adoption.  I think it would serve our children well if they learn Spanish, whether in school or at home.  I’ve also been thinking about Mandarin, especially with my recent trips to the Grand Asia Market.  China is clearly emerging as a world power so learning Mandarin could be a huge benefit too.  I have Pimsleur’s Quick and Easy Mandarin on my iPod too.  I haven’t made it past the first 3 chapters though.  Once I got to chapter 3 we were disqualified from adopting from China so I had to stay away from learning it for a while.  When I was with Susan at the Asian Market the other day we talked about this and she suggested teaching the kidlets Mandarin because they’ll likely pick up Spanish from friends and in school.   I think that’s a good idea.  I really admire people who are fluent in more than one language.  Ooh, I know like 5 words in Greek, does that mean I’m trilingual?  I think it would be really fun to learn the languages along with my kids.  Plus, we can totally speak in Mandarin or Spanish when we don’t want bystanders to know what we’re talking about.  Like a secret code!

Do any of you plan on teaching your children another language?  If so, what?


Ni hao, y’all!

I went to the coolest place today.  This new store opened up in our area and I’ve been wanting to check it out.  It’s called Grand Asia Market. I Googled it and they have one in the Raleigh area.  I checked out their site and all the reviews on Yelp.  Turns out they have a restaurant and bakery inside the store. So cool!  They have SO many cool things. A huge area filled with health and beauty aids.  So many things written in Chinese and Japanese with no English translations.  You know the Japanese make everything cuter so even hand cream and lip balm come in way cute containers.  A couple big aisles of housewares. HUGE produce section, more noodles than you’ve ever seen in your life.  A giant meat and seafood area with live tilapia.  I’d never seen a live tilapia until today.  I don’t know if I could pick one out to kill for dinner, but hey, it’s fresh!  They were getting ready for Chinese New Year today.  I bought 100 Jasmine tea bags for less than 16 cost at the regular American store!  I also picked up some Thai tea packets.  They carry all sorts of Asian things, obviously, but they also cary the Asian version of American products which is cool to see.  Oh, and lots of European brands too.  The staff was very friendly and all Asian which I think is a great sign.  I spotted tons of Asian people shopping and eating there too.  Another good sign.  You know a place is good if their clientele matches their native cuisine.  I don’t go to Mexican restaurants unless I see Mexican people eating there.  I like authenticity! Next time I go I’ll try out the cafe.  I hear it’s a real hot spot at lunch.  I threw out my tiny bit of Mandarin, courtesy of Pimsleur’s Quick and Easy Mandarin audiobook!, and I scored a free coin purse at check out.  On the way out I bought a lychee bubble tea So yum!