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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Our Little Language

We're experiencing the final transition from rudimentary language to English over here, and it's magical to see. Even the words they mispronouce, of which there are many, they know how they are supposed to be pronounced, and will reject an adult mimicry of their syllables. For instance, this morning, Lilly asked for toast with Buh-ller.  I teased her. You want buh-ller? Nooooo! she said.  Oh! I replied, you want butter! Yes, she nodded.

Here is the list of some of the funniest things they are saying right now.

"Dank oo, dank oo" - Thank you (usually accompanied by a bow)

"blashy" - I'm itchy, I'm scratching.

"I'm ginant" - I'm giant! (usually accompanied by a request for wine)

"buy shop" - Let's go shopping. OR we just bought that.

"picksure me" "picksure you" - take my picture, I'm taking your picture.

"chockit" - chocolate

"iseem" - ice cream

"messin" - medicine

"lie-din" - lion

"monsa" - monster

"she is!" - there it is!

They have trouble with rs and ls which I think is normal. They also have trouble with consonant combinations. In fact, one of the only ones they can pronounce is the sn, and they do it incorrectly, but so cutely. They cut air off to their nostils, and make a nasal snnnn sound, making snow and snack sound hilarious.

But, what really surprises me is their grip on the basic concepts of the English language. They understand pronouns, sayings, adjectives, quantifiers, etc., and they use them correctly. They understand that they can be me, I, or Dulce/Natalina, and that when they refer to the other she is either her, or you. Their understanding of these things astounds me. They picked it up just from listening to us. Human development is an amazing thing.

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  1. Those are super cute! You are pretty good at spelling the words out just how I'm sure they sound! :) Thanks so much for linking up to our Super Stalker Sunday hop! Hope to see you again this week! I am following via GFC and FB, if you have a Twitter for your blog please let me know and I'll follow you there too! :) Have a great day!

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  2. Ah, it is nice when they start using English, well unless of course you speak a different language and then it would just be confusing! Anyways, we are currently in the early stages of English with our 18 month old. At this time, most of his words revolve around food or trucks. Hum, I wonder if he will become a truck driving chef.

  3. I love when they mispronounce a word! Their versions are so cute! You're smart to write it all down...otherwise, you'd forget quickly.

  4. I love toddlerspeak! lol

    One of my favorites that my two youngest both said was... "whole jew." My husband and I would joke ... not a half and not a quarter but a whole. What they mean is "hold you" and they want to be picked up.

  5. Oh, I cannot wait until my little guy starts talking! Well, I can as I love this stage we're in but I look forward to hearing his version of words!

    I'm stopping by from the Super Stalker Sunday Hop! Thanks for participating and I'm looking forward to "stalking" you!
    Mariah, FormulaMom



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