Kids Play In The Same Language

 

 

Kids Play In The Same Language

 

Kids Play In The Same Language.

 

They just a find a way to get over the minor obstacle of competent verbal communication.

One of the best aspects of living on the US/Mexico border is the opportunity for our children to experience a different culture and language.

I was reminded of this today as my children played at an indoor play area.

I posted about it on the Critters And Crayons Facebook Page and realized that such a great thing really warrants its very own blog post.

Our 6 year old daughter ran around playing tag with a new friend.

She ran up to me and said,
 
 

“Mom! I made a new friend!  She doesn’t speak English and I don’t speak Spanish!   So we made up a game!”

 

 
 
I asked how they played that game.  And our daughter answered,
 
 

“I teach her English and she teaches me Spanish!
It’s called Speaking Different Languages!”

 
 
I noted how brilliant that was.

It is, isn’t it?
 
 

When you have so much in common,

like the need to be gleeful in the moment

for the sake of loving that moment,

then language is not a worthy foe.

 
 

That’s something children have figured out.

A reader commented on Facebook, “And a child shall lead them.”

Yes.

 

Kids Play In The Same Language

 

And So They Shall.

And So They Do.

 
 

For more posts on bilingualism and culture with kids…..

 

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Bilingualism, The Border, Dora, And Kids…

 
 

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8 Responses to Kids Play In The Same Language

  1. I’ve been fascinated by this at the playground. My daughter is 4 and we live in a very multi-cultural area, where some of the kids she meets up with don’t speak English or their parents don’t. And it doesn’t stop the play at all. They’re able to communicate in their preschool way and play chase and slide and swings, without even knowing what the other is saying. It’s amazing to me!

    • Emma- Thank you for your comment! Yes! I’ve seen it in metropolitan play areas, too! Even when the kids are wearing more ethnic garb- it’s just not an issue at all. What’s important is having places to hide, obstacles to jump over, and enough room to play tag. :)

  2. This is wonderful. If only we could learn from our children, rather than the other way around. Of course, I’m one of those adults who loves to play across languages, so maybe I am really just a child. ;)

  3. What a great game!

    We have very close friends who’s children spoke Chinese when they were little, and despite our kids only speaking English they never had a problem playing together… I always felt they just found ways to be understood because they weren’t so hung up about getting it wrong or trying again.

    • Kate, I think it’s too cool that your kids had that experience! I remember playing with my Korean cousins as a child and we really had no issues, either. I think you’re right- as adults, we become too self-conscious!

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