Sunday, February 23, 2014

Welcome to Brilha, Brilha, Little Star!

(Lyrics below!)

This blog has had many incarnations - it started as "A Minha Vida", about my new life in New Orleans, then when I moved to Angola and began a new blog about that new life called "Maruvu", this blog became "Vector Control", more about public health and less about personal stories. We've been home from Angola for over a year - a year completely taken over my the addition to our little family, C. There are so many parenting blogs out there - and I see why, much advice is needed! - but the aspect of parenting I most want to chronicle is my attempt to raise my daughter bilingual in Portuguese.

This phase of the blog will be called "Brilha Brilha, Little Star", a mix of the English and Portuguese versions of the song "Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star." I will post mostly about my experience teaching C. Portuguese, but also other interesting items about linguistics, travel and maybe some public health themes too.

While I speak Portuguese fluently, I am not a native speaker myself. This will make it harder - but I have felt very encouraged by other blogs by parents who are also not native speakers of the language they are teaching their children. From what I can tell so far, bilingual parenting is a lot like breastfeeding - it helps to know you aren't alone, that everyone's experience is different, complicated, but ultimately invaluable!

And, for those who may have come across this blog while looking for the Portuguese lyrics to "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Start", here you are: 

Brilha, Brilha, Estrelinha - Português

Brilha, brilha estrelinha,
Lá no céu pequenininha.

Solitária se conduz,
Pelo céu com tua luz.

Noite a noite veja bem,
Fico triste se não vem.

Brilha, brilha estrelinha,
Lá no céu pequenininha,

Lá no alto brilhas tu,
Dando luz ao céu azul.

Olha só repare bem,
Já dormiu o meu neném

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star - English

Twinkle, twinkle, little star

How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are. 

Other posts on Portuguese.

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