Thursday, March 9, 2017

Ask the MK 2017... Thursday



It's no secret that the ladies of the In Her Shoes Blog love MKs (missionary kids!)

 And we love hearing from them, too!

Time for...


For
MK Spirit Week,
we here at the In Her Shoes Blog have decided to ask MKs some questions. And the fun part? They may also be rewarded for taking the time to share their answers!


So here's today's question:

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Did you have to learn another language? If so, how did you learn it?

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Please leave your answer in a comment below, and include your name, age, and country or region of service.

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SIX randomly selected winners will receive a $10 Amazon gift card.
Sponsors for today's gift cards:

Linda Calloway
Felicia Bernal
Harvest Baptist Church
Jonathan and Sandra Stewart
Maple Grove Baptist Church Ladies' Class


(Thank you for loving on our MKs!)

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To be eligible to win the gift card, we must be able to verify you are in fact a bona fide, true, honest, for real Baptist Missionary Woman's missionary kid, currently living with your parents either on the field, on deputation, or on a temporary furlough.

The deadline to respond is Saturday, March 11, 2017, 11:59 pm EST.

The winners will be announced March 13, 2017, right here on the blog.

53 comments:

Dee Dee Sterling said...

Yes. We had to learn Russian. I learned by playing soccer with friends and watching cartoons in Russian. - Ryan S. (15), Siberia, Ruusia

Mandi A said...

I'm learning Cantonese with mommy and with a tutor starting next month.
-Jocelyn, 5, HK

Micah Guay said...

Yes, I had to learn Thai. But I didn't do anything really to learn it, because I have lived in Thailand ever since I was a baby, so I learned Thai the same that I learned English.
Micah Guay is a 15 year old boy that lives in Tak Thailand.

Abigail Petersen said...

No, we can use English here.
Abigail Petersen,15, Uganda

Daniel Petersen said...

No. Almost everyone we work with speaks English.
Daniel Petersen, 17, Uganda

Shellee Wilhite said...

Yes, we had to learn Japanese. We are learning it by studying with a teacher, and playing with Japanese kids.
Titus Wilhite, 12, Japan

Shellee Wilhite said...

Yes. We are learning with a teacher and some of my brothers and I visit the elementary school a few times a month to play with kids there.
Joel Wilhite, 11, Japan

Marcia Hardecker said...

Yes. We just moved to the Philippines so I am still learning it. I am learning from Daddy. WT Hardecker, 6, Philippines

Anonymous said...

Yes, I've had to learn Japanese, and there's always so much more to learn!
I learned it by studying it with a text book in school, and playing with neighborhood kids, and hearing it all the time in the ministry.
Kristen Smith, 19, Japan

Gideon Minks said...

Yes, we have to learn Japanese. I have picked up a lot from people, since I have lived here my whole life, so I can understand most conversations. Currently I am being taught by my Dad, but I have had a few national teachers in the past. There is so much to the language, that it's like you are always learning something new. :)

Charity said...

Yes I have to learn Italian and I'm learning it by Rosetta stone and from hearing it ALL the time (other than at home)
Charity Rice, 13 years old (Sicily, Italy)

Malachi Minks said...

We definitely have to learn Japanese. I have learned a lot from just hearing it in the ministry. I have had different Japanese teachers in the past but right now my Dad is teaching me.
Malachi Minks, 15, Hokkaido Japan

Victoria Minks said...

Yes, we had to learn Japanese... when we first moved to Japan (when I was 3) I was in a Christian Japanese kindergarten for almost a year, which helped me pick up stuff really fast. I actually don't remember learning it though, just remember knowing it as a kid lol! After that I learned most everything through just living here and interacting with people until I was a teenager, then I've had a couple Japanese friends help teach me, studied textbooks on my own, and now my sister, dad and I study together a couple times a week as well as by ourselves.

Charity said...

Yes, we had to learn the language here. I have not been to language class, but have learned what I can from church services, friends, and street talk. We are hoping to get a private tutor soon, so my younger brother and I can properly learn to speak and write it. - Michaela W, Southern Asia

familieclark said...

Yes, I went to Kindergarten and my parents taught me at home. Kyndall Clark, 16, Germany
Yes, I go to a German church and occasionally listen to the radio. Kameron Clark, 12, Germany
Yes, I go to church and also pick it up from my friends. Kortney Clark, 8, Germany

Charity said...

I haven't learned much, but we are planning to get a private tutor. -Gabriel W, 10, Southern Asia

Olivia said...

Well, besides a few new words in our vocabularly (British English!), we haven't had to learn a new language.

-Olivia R, 19, England

Elijah Guay said...

Yes, I had to learn Thai. Since we came here when I was two, I don't remember learning how to speak conversational Thai. My mom taught me how to read and wright some Thai, and my friends help teach me words when I don't know one and correct me when I pronounce a word wrong.
Elijah Guay age 19 in Tak Thailand.

Tina Dunbar said...

I am learning Portuguese from a friend at church and by listening to my parents tutoring and studying. Every week day we only speak Portuguese at lunch and that helps.
Silas age 11- Brazil

Tina Dunbar said...

I learn Portuguese in Sunday School.
Seth age 3- Brazil

Anonymous said...

Yes we do have to learn the language although it is Hard To learn.
Josiah Minks 11 Japan

Chris and Carole said...

We have had to learn two languages. Danish and Greenlandic. We are still learning :-) We have a tutor now, but before that we learned by just talking to our friends (none of them can speak English), being around the people and listening during our church services.
Danish is much easier than Greenlandic. Greenlandic is very difficult.

The Shull kids in Greenland
Christopher (15)
Anna (14)
Emilia (11)
Jonathan (9)
Mattaliina (5)

anativetexan said...

We had to learn Spanish and we learned it by going to a Spanish school. Seth Schepers, Dominican Republic

anativetexan said...

I learned Spanish by playing with friends and by going to school. Jesse Schepers, Dominican Republic

anativetexan said...

I had to learn Spanish. I went to a bilingual school for one year. Julianna Schepers, Dominican Republic

Julia Griffin said...

Yes. I had to learn Spanish. I started 1st grade about a month after we moved here, and some of the other students were able to speak English, and they helped me learn Spanish. I just learned by talking to friends and with my teachers and other people around me. We have lived here 5 years now and I'm fluent in Spanish.

Carson, 10, Dominican Republic

Heather ♥ {Missionary Mama} said...

I learned Spanish when I was very little by listening to it and playing with my babysitter. Clara Gansemer, 9, Argentina
I know Spanish because I was born in Argentina and I am growing up here. Ethan Gansemer, 7, Argentina
I talk both ways because I live in Argentina. Brenna Gansemer, 4, Argentina

Anonymous said...

I am taking spanish classes now with my mom we are in Mexico.
Gabriel Williams

Anonymous said...

I am trying to learn Spanish I start classes today. Emma Williams in Mexico

Anonymous said...

I am trying to learn Spanish as well... Abigail Williams in Mexico

Jamie Knickerbocker said...

By a tutor--Paul Knickerbocker, Asia
Yes and I learned it by listening to church and a nepali teacher. Jason Knickerbocker, Asia
By a Nepali teacher, Abby Knickerbocker, Adia

Grinstead said...

Yes...Spanish and voseo

CALEB Grinstead 11), Joel Grinstead 9, Valerie Grinstead 6, Aubrey 4, Argentina

Sarah LeClercq said...

No, they speak English. Ethaen LeClercq Guam

Sarah LeClercq said...

No, we did not have to learn a new language. However, when we can say a phrase in their native language they love it. It shows them we care. Nathanael LeClercq, Guam

Sarah LeClercq said...

No, they speak English. Kathrynn LeClercq Guam

Abigail Minks said...
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Abigail Minks said...

Yes, I speak Japanese. Currently my dad is teaching me.
Abigail Minks, 18, Japan

Anonymous said...

Yes. I am learning in Spanish class and by taking tests. Caleb Grinstead 11, Argentina

Aubrey Grinstead said...

I am learning Spanish by saying what my teacher says. Aubrey Grinstead 4,Argentina

Joel Grinstead said...

I'm learning Spanish from my Spanish class and listening to my friends. Joel Grinstead 9, Argentina

Valerie Grinstead said...

I just talk with my friend and speak Spanish. Valerie Grinstead 6, Argentina

Lisa McCoy said...

No everyone speaks English even though they do have a native language. - Levi McCoy, Alaska

Anonymous said...

I'm learning Russian right now on Rosetta Stone but some of the natives also speak Kazakh - Rebekah Phillips

Charity said...

Yes, I learned by listening to others and taking a semester at a school.

Natalie Matacchiera said...

My mom is teaching me what she learns. We can talk English until we go way out in the bush.

Natalie Matacchiera, 7 years old
Zambia

Sally Stensaas said...

No. English is the official language, although each tribe has their own language. Shae-Lynn (17), Shiloh (14), Skyler (12), Savannah (9) Stensaas: Uganda

Anonymous said...

Aye Mate, New Zealand speaks English so we didn't have to learn a new language. But had to learn new words and different meaning of other words. We learn the new words by listening at church and when we are out and about. Cheers Mate
Isaac - 10, Ethan -9, Landon - 8, Kayleigh - 1 Guenther New Zealand

Anonymous said...

English is the national language in Zambia, but we are all working on the local language of Bemba.
Zoie Collins ~ 11
Zanna Collins ~8
Zimeri Collins ~5

Collins family serving in Zambia

Kristina said...

Yes, we learned Croatian from our pastor's wife who was our tutor. Also by watching cartoons on TV. Erin (15), Ally(13), Noah (10) Croatia

Anonymous said...

We mostly are learning to speak Spanish from our friends. Mom taught us our numbers and colors and we've learned all the rest in church and with our neighbor friends.

Ashley Johnson , 9, Dominican Republic
Zack Johnson , 7, Dominican Republic
Tyler Johnson , 5, Dominican Republic
Lauren Johnson , 2, Dominican Republic

Maribel Johnson said...

Portuguese and I learned it with my friends. Abigail Rose Johnson. Taubaté,Brazil.

Maribel Johnson said...

Portuguese. At church with my friends. Daniel Joseph Johnson, Taubaté Brazil.

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