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うらましいほどの二ヶ国語能力、小学4年生      Enviably good bilingual skills of the 4th grader’s

数十年前に私の英語塾に通ってきてもらっていた女性がアメリカで大学を卒業後、ニューヨークでの金融会社での職業経験を経て約30年ぶりに、先日、家族をつれて私を訪ねて来てくれました。
子供さんは5歳の男の子と10歳の女の子ですが、この女の子の日本語と英語の自然なこと。接ぎ木英語の私にはとてもうらやましいことです。男の子は日本語を聞くのはOKのようでしたが、英語の方が使いやすいようでした。
アメリカ人のご主人は尾道でも仕事は可能なようで、高度な日本語は必要ないとのことでしたが、地域での人的ネットワークを構築したい、との希望です。今後、お互いに上手に付き合っていければと思っています。
Enviably good bilingual skills of the 4th grader’s:
A Japanese lady who studied at my own cram school several decades ago visited me with her family. She was one of our excellent students and studied at the university in USA and worked at the finance-related American company in New York until a year ago.
They have two children, a ten-year old daughter and a five-year old boy. Talking with their daughter, I found how naturally and beautifully she could use both languages of Japanese and English. My grafted English skills are far behind hers. The boy still prefers English to Japanese though he can hear Japanese without problems.
Her husband can do his job even in Onomichi, a local area here in Japan. He wants to establish his human and business network here as well so that I would be happy to be of any help for him.