We speak English in our family as the home language and the community language is Japanese. However we all understand Japanese and use it when necessary. For example:
I asked my husband to tell our son the story of Pandora’s Box. He told it like this:
This is a very scary story. Are you ready? It’s scary! There was a girl named Pandora and there was a box. Pandora wasn’t supposed to opened the box, but she was curious. So she opened it. And inside the box was…..Pan and Dorayaki!
(Pan=Japanese word for bread
Dorayaki=a pancake snack)
Get it? Pandora= Pan + Dorayaki