At the conference, I had a very typical – and, frankly, very boring – conversation with colleagues who first express extreme shock that I don’t teach my daughter to speak my language and then detail their intense, excruciating, and completely futile efforts to teach their language to their kids. Everybody’s kids are much older than Klara, and everybody’s experience is that of complete and abject failure. Yet everybody is shocked that I don’t want to repeat the same useless journey.
One colleague shared how her college-age kids started saying things like, “what do you know? You are an immigrant. Ah, just keep silent already, immigrant.” Obviously, there’s much more than language resentment here but maybe let’s stay off my case given that your experience hasn’t been amazing?