Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Adjusting?















Life here now is all about trying to get the kids adjusted to life abroad.
It's tough on them, this was mine and Anders decision and though it's hard to pity anyone who gets to move to NYC, it is challenging to switch environment, friends, habitat and yes, language.

They're at camp now, to pick up more English and hopefully make friends from the area before school starts.

I'm so impressed by how they stick it out, how they learn, how they adapt.

Also moved by camp counselor who found an app in his phone that translates English words into audible Swedish for Niki since she can't write or read yet.

School starts September 9. Our goal is to have the kids speaking and understanding English to a great degree by then. Vanja is already getting there, Joel right behind her. Niki is struggling but she's picking it up too.

Friends who've done this before us tell us not to worry and that soon the kids will start speaking English with each other.

9 comments:

  1. Så spännande, och svårt men mest spännande!
    Jag följer era äventyr slaviskt och är bara något lite ljusgrön av avund. Måste komma på något sätt att komma iväg med hela bunten. Behöver USA en överårig halvmedioker collegeskribent tror du?
    Stor kram
    jempa

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  2. Heja!! Hur gamla är barnen?
    Petra

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  3. Jenny! Jag träffade Josh igår, pratade om dig. Du är varken överårig, halvmedioker eller collegeskribent!

    love
    -e

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  4. Blir alldeles tårögd. Såna kämpar! Och så lyckligt lottade!! <3

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  5. You guys are brave and fantastic. I love the pictures of you and the kids sampling and adjusting to life in NYC. Feeling such affection for a family I've never met is just one of the many wonders of the internet! Wishing you continued luck on your brilliant adventure.

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  6. Petra de är 5 (6 i december), 8, 11 (12 i november). Johanna! tack! Anna, thank you! where are you?

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  7. Hi Emi, reading from Wellington, NZ - though I have been reading and commenting (sporadically) for a long while, and from previous lives in Tokyo and London. It is always a pleasure...

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  8. always a pleasure to have you here, anna.

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  9. Hi.

    From my experience of having moved to the States from Spain in the 70's at age 5 and without a word of English, I can tell you that maybe soon you'll be desperate for Niki to speak in Swedish.

    I can also tell you I feel lucky for having picked uo two different cultures and languages at such an early age.

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