After re-reading my post from yesterday, it was incredibly clear that I was both tired and frustrated. Emotional writing can be quite profound, but yesterdays post was me spinning my wheels. My subject matter was fragmented and point of view hard to follow. I do plan on returning to some of the topics initiated yesterday, primarily our choice of international adoption from Ethiopian, but as I ended my post with last night, I need some time to gather my thoughts. It is occurring to me that is may be part of a snowballing discussion that could seem rather bitchy unless I organize it better. First in my head then into written word – perhaps later this week.
Since the I cannot muster the talent to mold the English language to explain myself why not switch to Amharic?
I am only partially joking. Amharic is the national language of Ethiopia. Total there are 89 languages (85 living) in this African nation of 76 million. While Amharic is the national language, our child’s family may come from one of the other 84 native languages. If so,
they we will have two Ethiopian languages to master.
M. and I made the decision that learning Amharic will be our child’s equivalent of piano lessons. We spoke with many international adoptees that have returned to their birth country only to feel like an outsider because they did not posses the language. Our child can chose the identity with which they wish to identify, we will not push Ethiopian culture or food, but language acquisition skills are different. Language skills are an important cognitive development and educational tool. If we were Jewish we would push Hebrew and if we were devote Catholic we would push Latin.
Don’t worry, we are planning on learning it also.
Tomorrow I will be trying to locate a grad student who can help us with our studies and contemplate ordering an interactive program that I researched online. I want to have a basic structural understanding of the language before we travel. With 250 characters in the alphabet, I may not get past the equivalent of my ABC’s.
Our child on the other hand, will have many resources available for them. This site is just one I found tonight.