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What are Colours?

Colour of Language

How do you raise a toddler in a bilingual environment? I speak to my son in English while his father teaches him (and me…) Japanese. We’ll focus on a theme, such as colour, and write a bilingual poem each month. Many expressions in English and Japanese cannot be directly translated. Likewise, rhyming is less common in Japanese verse – we need to get creative. The structure of a “conversation poem” lends itself well to exploring different languages.

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