Making Friends


Today is our last full day in Atlanta.  I have been totally depressed about having to go back to Japan for the last couple of days now.  I guess this is the biggest drawback of taking long vacations; it’s always difficult returning back to reality.

Haruka has made a lot of improvements in her English skills in just the last week alone.   She’s got a bigger English vocabulary now, and she actually makes an effort to speak it as well.  Lately, she’s been showing off her new found skills to other children and making new friends.  The other day, we went to the park where a bunch of kids were playing in the fountain.  Haruka, who loves playing in water, joined the kids and nearly instantaneously mad some new friends.  The kids quickly figured out that English wasn’t Haruka’s first language but somehow still was able to communicate with her.  So for most of the morning, Haru played with the kids and had a really good time.

Haru and the fountain

Haru and her new friends


Cooling off


Walking on the wall


more friends

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Oh Man!!


Haru has been in the States for about 5 weeks now.  Her English has made some improvements, but admittedly I thought she should be a lot more proficient than she is.  Having said that, her interest in learning English has sky rocketed.  She is a lot more interested in learning English than she was before she came to Atlanta.   Her favorite cartoon is Dora the Explorer, she likes playing games that teaches English on her iPod Touch, she enjoys singing English nursery rhymes, and she even greets people in English.  I guess this is all a better result than just learning English, because with escalated interest in learning, it’ll be easier for me to continue teaching her English.

Although my initial expectations where pretty high, Haru has made great progress.  She’s now able to sing the ABC song all the way to the end, she knows how to say most of the colors in English, she’s leaning the names of shapes like circle, square, rectangle, star, crescent, and oval, and she often imitates my mother which I think is hilarious.

Right now, Haru’s favorite catch phrase is Oh Man!!, which is what she picked up from watching Dora. Apparently, her favorite character is Swiper the fox, who often says the famous phrase.  All in all, I am very proud of her efforts.  She sometimes makes me forget that she’s only 2 years old.  I only wish that she could spend every summer in the States.

Photos:

Waving to the camera


Lounging in the family room


Haru and Taro


Tubing

Tubing

Haruka shopping


Haruka shopping


playing at the play area


smiles

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