Posts: 34 Country (residing now): Mexico Country (originally from): USA Children, Ages: 2 daughters: F. (Born September 2013) and P. (Born January 2016) Majority Language: Spanish Minority Language(s): English
I was breastfeeding my baby today, when my older daughter, who is 2 1/2, spontaneously hugged me and said "I love you". In English. Our minority language! It was the first time she ever said those words so you can imagine my feeling.
We started talking about who else we love in our family and we ended up including our cat, Chasca. Then my daughter looked at her baby sister and (talking about her) said, "P loves Chasca". I was thrilled by her use of the new word (love) and her including the new baby in our conversation. But I was also amazed with the way toddlers grasp grammar rules and start using them correctly. So, I was double thrilled!
And I thought it could be fun to share significant first words in the minority language. What have been your firsts?
Our little dude isn't really talking yet, but his papi did teach him how to say "teta" for breastfeeding. In his family, that's how all his younger siblings asked to nurse once they were talking. It was our son's first word besides mommy and papi, hahaha. And it is pretty cute.
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.
Jun 1, 2020 13:05:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice, Caro! Give her a high-five from me! And I look forward to hearing about many more happy developments to come!
Jun 8, 2020 15:12:21 GMT 9