As often as we can, we have Sister Joy from one of the churches come and teach our children Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines. I have heard how easy it is for children to learn languages but it is so neat to see it first hand. Even this morning, Avalynn, who will turn three this May 26th, looked at one of my one hundred peso bills and said “lilà” with a smile on her face. The bill is a purplish violet color. I’m amazed at how many words they know already.
The picture below is what Sister Joy drew to help the kids learn animal names. Carter was so proud of this sheet that he wanted me to “send these to everyone in Tulsa”, or something like that. 🙂
My wife reviews with them almost daily between lessons which is the key to their retention. One thing she did just the other day is post Tagalog words and their English meaning around the house. She put “malinis” for clean above the sink and “madumi” dirty above the trashcan, etc. This is pretty neat and helpful to keep it in front of us. Consequently, my wife is learning just as much as the children.
I’m so thankful my kids have the opportunity to learn another language like this. My prayer is that their knowledge of the Filipino language will someday benefit the kingdom of God. Just think, I would have my own resident interpreter to take to Bible studies!