I have been interviewed by the blogging site ExpatsBlog! You can read the interview and see my opinions on life in Japan HERE.
Recently I’ve been connected with other bloggers through Expat blogging sites. These sites are wonderful clearinghouses for bloggers like me, but also for the expats who live abroad and are looking for multiple viewpoints/experiences to guide them on their journeys abroad.
One of my favorites is Expats Blog. They have such a breadth of different writers in different countries, all writing about their varied lives in their countries of residence. It’s so helpful for me to read the pieces and get a feel for how other bloggers relate to their audiences.
This blog is lucky enough to be listed on a great site for expats across the globe called Expats Blog. In fact, look at it on May 21st (don’t worry, I’ll remind you) and I’ll have a featured interview on the site. But for today, please go look at it to see my entry in their blog contest. The theme of the contest is International schools, a subject near to my heart since I have one child at Nishimachi and the other at The American School in Japan (ASIJ) so I can’t help but compare them sometimes.
For the contest, bloggers had to write about education abroad and/or international schools, but I wanted to focus on a more specific aspect of the kids’ schooling rather than writing a post about general education in Japan. I chose to write about Japanese language skills.
I haven’t written much about our language abilities lately, but suffice to say, I’m rapidly becoming the dummy in the house as the kids’ language skills – writing, reading and speaking – improve rapidly with daily instruction and weekly tutor support. But, as you will see in the post, the kids are learning different Japanese. My son is learning Japanese as a foreign language at ASIJ and my daughter is taught more natively at NIS, which has a strong bilingual program. It’s an interesting contrast as my daughter chats easily with friends, while my son corrects her grammar. They’re both learning beautifully, but differently. It’s neat to watch.
In entering these Expats Blog contests, I am eligible to win prizes. One of the prizes is for comments on my post on their site. So please click to read the post (here) and then, if you’re so moved, write a comment.
If you normally enjoy my posts, then you will really enjoy this one on Japanese language learning in international schools. Give it a look and let me know what you think. Expats Blog is a great site – and a wonderful place for expats to go for information. I’m thrilled to be listed on their site!