My son is quite competitive. For example, he eats his food very fast all of a sudden if we tell him "see your baby brother is almost finished when your bowl is full". So, me and my husband sometimes tell him, I know more words in Mongolian than you do. Then he says, "Nooooo, I know everything in Mongolian" then we ask him words, sentences in ml. When I get bored and stop he says "Mooore, mooore!"
That's SO funny, Undraa!! And very smart too! My daughter isn't THAT competitive, but I do use a similar trick, like pretending her brother is playing along and telling me something -that's wrong- when I want her to participate. More often than not, she can't pass up the chance to say it right.
On the train to ml country, my daughter and I came up with a spontaneous word game: She'd make up nonsense forest names and I'd say a real word of a place that would have those things, sometimes also funny. Examples: car forest - parking lot hamburger forest - McDonalds lighthouse forest - dangerous coastline book forest - library
Marisa: "Victory moment:" My almost 4-year-old daughter told me yesterday in the ml (rough translation): "mom, there's something wrong with the cartoons, can you fix it, please?"... she was accidentally watching TV in the ML! So I gladly obliged
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Amy: Awww bless her, Marisa!!! That was so cute!! <3
Jan 18, 2020 5:25:44 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Marisa, give that little minority language lover a big hug from me!
Jan 18, 2020 8:04:49 GMT 9
Mayken: We're at Harry Potter Book Night at the English bookshop in Paris. The activities are all in French but my daughter teamed up for the treasure hunt with a girl who also speaks ouf ml German!
Feb 8, 2020 3:50:49 GMT 9
Amy: Was stunned to hear eldest had an anglophone (ml) accent when she began to read in the ML this afternoon!! Didn't last more than a paragraph until her brain switched language, but chuffed mum here!!
Mar 7, 2020 23:05:49 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter found the secret stash of ml books I'd bought at the closure sale of the ml book store two months ago and hidden away for later. Guess it's a good time for new books now, right?
Mar 18, 2020 5:29:38 GMT 9
Caro C.: My baby (16mo) perfectly knows what "hi5" means and readily shows her hand even when we are not showing our hand first. It feels like the first minor blossom of the bilingual seed.
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