Idioms <------link are a MAJOR part of English communication!
It is amazing how often we talk in Idioms. We tell our children "Don't count your chickens before they hatch!" ""Don't put the cart before the horse!" "A stitch in time, saves nine!" And many, MANY more!
Our children who are foreign to English have a LOT to learn in regards to Idioms!
Communication is SO important!
I remember our son Tim coming back from his Russian Missions trip and telling us that when he gave his testimony to a group of young people they all Laughed when he said, "When I was born, the doctors' said I was a vegetable!"
What he was saying didn't translate well into Russian. :) He was saying "I was brain dead".....
The young people who heard what he said thought he was saying that he was a literal vegetable! And they laughed!
I remember SO WELL when Erika was home just a few years and I saw a man walking a dog.... I said, "Oh Look! there is a German Shepherd! "
Her reply was, "Oh yes! And he has a dog too!"
Communication with our children is so important! It was very evident in Sunday School recently that children who had always lived in America understood Idioms much better than Children who didn't originally come from America!
This makes me wonder how many times we have said things to our kids, using Idioms, and they totally DO NOT UNDERSTAND what we are saying! :)
“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)