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W Writes: My Hair – a poem

Written by W, edited by Mum.

My Hair Poem

My hair is curly.
My hair makes me strong.
My hair makes me happy.
My hair is long.
My hair is soft.
My hair is free.
My hair makes me, me.

by W, aged 7

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W Writes: Why Kids Should Speak More Than One Language

Dictated by W. Typed & edited by Mum.

I want to learn 5 languages, I can already speak English, French and I’ve just started learning Arabic. I’m asking for Spanish lessons for my 8th birthday. When we lived in London, I used to go to Chinese School every Saturday. I want to learn Mandarin again when I’m older. 

Why do I want to learn so many languages?

Because, I have a dream to travel around the world and be able to speak to everybody that I meet. If I can speak to them, I can help them and maybe they can help me. I can learn about their country, their culture and their lives. 

These are all my reasons for learning so many languages, but why do I think other kids should learn as well?

It’s important to be able to speak to lots of different people at different times of our lives. If I couldn’t speak French, I wouldn’t have many friends to play with here in Morocco. Lots of my friends in Morocco can already speak 3 languages – French, Arabic and English! 

Maybe you think it will be difficult to learn a new language. But if you keep practising, you will get better. When I first moved to Morocco I didn’t know any French or any Arabic. I didn’t understand anything anybody was saying. It made me feel sad, because I couldn’t make any friends. One day, I realised I could understand what everybody was saying in French. I could also speak it! I finally had friends and that made me very happy. 

Because of the coronavirus I couldn’t go to co-op to practice speaking French with my friends. So now I watch TV in French and Arabic and I play games in French with my brother. Sometimes I have phone calls in French and I play games on the computer or watch music videos on YouTube. These have all helped me to keep practising my languages. 

I think it is important to learn about other people. The best way to do that is if I can speak to them in their language. What language do you want to learn?

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