Posts: 33 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: My 7-year-old, her ML dad and a ml family are going to the Christmas market at a ml school today - and I can't go with them! (Hope that ML dad's presence doesn't stop the kids from speaking ml together.)
Dec 2, 2017 22:12:04 GMT 9
Amy: I'm sure the language balance is heavily in favour of the ml. Don't you worry Mayken. And it's also good that your daughter sees that the ml exists beyond the Mummy sphere. It will give more weight to the ml to hear from another sphere.
Dec 2, 2017 22:51:42 GMT 9
Mayken: In the end, it was my daughter with ML dad and the other girl with ML mom (but who's fluent in ml). The other girl got tired of ml after a while but my girl chatted with people in ml and bought ml books and a snack, all in ml!
Dec 5, 2017 0:29:57 GMT 9
Amy: Not so bad after all then, Mayken
Dec 5, 2017 6:27:24 GMT 9
Mayken: Not bad at all, I just regret I wasn't there with them.
Dec 6, 2017 6:11:36 GMT 9
Amy: As the French have it Mayken: "ce n'est que partie remise!"
Dec 6, 2017 18:47:06 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter wrote her letter to Santa in the ml this weekend, and we'll send it to Santa's address in the ml country, that way she'll get an ml letter back from him! Last item on her wishlist reads "The second Harry Potter book, and more books."
Dec 11, 2017 23:59:38 GMT 9
Adam Beck: More books is always good!
Dec 12, 2017 8:15:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: For Christmas: The Most Beautiful Video You Might Ever See About a Bilingual Familybuff.ly/2nI2yrE
Dec 12, 2017 8:16:04 GMT 9