I noticed last week that Wenxin had begun to say, "Wenxin, no Chinese. Wenxin English." If anyone said he was Chinese, he would say, "No." He even said, "Wenxin, no Chinese. Mama Chinese." OK, so now I'm the Chinese one in the family.
I get it. Everyone wants to fit in.
So I've begun a "Chinese is good /Mama likes Chinese" campaign at our house. At random times throughout the day, I'll scoop up Wenxin and say, " Nathan, Julia and Katherine only speak one language, but Wenxin can speak two! Wenxin speaks English and Wenxin speaks Chinese. Chinese is good! Mama likes Chinese!"
I think he believes me. Occasionally, he'll come up and out of the blue, he'll teach me the Chinese word for something. He'll listen as I repeat it and help me with my pronounciation.
Chinese is good. Mama likes Chinese.
1 day ago