It is 1:30 p.m. in the French speaking part of Switzerland.
My children are watching Cartoon Network France.
Tom and Jerry to be exact.
Just like my brother and I did as little kids.
It must be some sort of conspiracy to teach little French speaking kids English.
Now, if they will just show Scooby-Doo (Scoubidou) in English I can prove once and for all that Sammy is not Sammy but Shaggy.
You’re probably thinking, “Why is she so excited about cartoons being in English?” After all, the cartoons are the same.
The language is all that is different.
So, it shouldn’t matter if the cartoons are in French or English.
My response is while the cartoons are visually the same you can never forget that culture is shaped by language.
It warms my American expat heart to watch my kids watching cartoons in American English.
The very same cartoons I grew up watching with the very same voices. It is a cultural bonding experience with my little American kiddies that I don’t get often living in Switzerland or at all while living in France.
Now, who is it that said Americans don’t have culture? :p