Hebrew continues to confound me. I know this shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it frustrates me to no end.
Recently, I’ve noticed something about this with my children. It is clear (from their grades in school and their general demeaner at synagogue) that they are doing fine in the Hebrew department.
But when I’m around, they are extremely subdued. When I ask them if they know what something says (such as instructions), they are cagey in their answers. It is clear that they want to show off what they know, but something holds them back. But then I realize they are clearly following the instructions.
Recently, my youngest son has taken to surreptitiously checking what page I’m on during davening, and pointing to where the congregation is when in HIS siddur when he notices I’M not in the right spot.
It appears my kids understand a lot more than they realize.