Back when I was 8 years old, and a third grader, Our school had this event where language is expressed through singing, dancing, and other kinds of activities for everyone to enjoy.
Our school had a program where a specific language was assigned to each class, and it were up to the teachers to decide what and how the students would present.
That year (sy 2008-2009), my class got Arabic, which made me a bit excited and confused, seeing as we haven't done an Arabic dance or song before.
Not long after, my teachers came up with the idea of us singing and dancing an arabic song that I think was entitled, "Lobayi ya" (My toy) or at least that's what they said it was!
We then started practicing, and since the Arabic teachers were not available to teach us and explain what the song means, my Filipino teachers were the one guiding us, which made it a lot harder for both us and them, since none of us really understood Arabic. I remember during our practices, when my teachers would endlessly press the pause and play buttons , just so we could listen to the song lyrics over and over again! Days and weeks passed and gradually, believe it or not, we memorized the whole Arabic song, and we were able to put some actions to it.
Finally when the day came for us to sing and dance on stage,
we were able to perform it without any hassle! Arabic flowed from our lips as easy as abc, and our dance steps were flawless! I remember seeing the proud smiles of our teachers and parents, and the happy feeling deep down inside of me, knowing that all the hard work came to a good end, and I guess that's what matters the most!
Language Month sy 2008-2009 is definitely something to remember.
**Hope you enjoyed reading my first #tbt as much as I did! xx ~Kristina