We travelled to the countryside to see our in-laws over the weekend. I noticed my kids were playing more closely together and my younger son is being more verbal. Nobody understands how he speaks expect me and his older brother, though, because he was mixing the two languages in one sentence. He even makes up a new word merging the two sometimes. For example: Mig sheesh nu= Me pee now. Sheesh however is a childish version of a noun for "pee" in ml. Mig khooloo idii nu=Me food eat now. Khooloo idii is ml and "Mig Nu" is "me now" in ML. I understand this might freak some people out, but for us bilinguals this is normal.
That's cute, Undraa. My son is doing the same when he doesn't know the word in the other language; he'll say as much as he can in the language he knows that person speaks and then add the rest in the other language. He'll sometimes also do it if he has a preference for that word in the other language. I know it may sound weird to some people, but it's part of the process and I think it's beautiful!!
I would like to share a book that's now a big hit with my 4 year old. This is a book called "Maps" authored by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski. It has illustrations of the world, their culture, flags, natural resources, cultural and historical heritages etc. My son can look at this book and talk about the book with me for hours if he can (and with his dad in ML when I'm not around). He can now remember the flags of different countries and shows interest in countries he wants to go to and things he wants to try and see. It's beautiful and makes me happy.
The first week of visiting our ml country is going very busy with lots of adventures.
my 4 year old: His ml is blossoming and he is surprising everybody. He is playing with my teenage nephew, who is almost all the time with us. We went to a summer camp where he also found a friend, a 7-year- old ml boy who he played with and had loads of fun. He lacks vocabulary sometimes but he is very brave and just talking with enthusiasm with everybody.
my 2 year old: He is slightly confused. He is speaking mostly ML. When he understands what we say then he replies in ml though. When he does not understand anything he just says no in ML. I don't think he fully understands the concept of languages and countries yet.
We bought a few more books and got some more as a present from grandparents where we read every evening.
I have lots of activities planned for us in order to bathe my kids in ml, that mostly involve playing with other kids.
This first week sounds promising, Undraa! Do not worry about them. Your eldest will pick things up quickly. As for your youngest, he is going to get used to it and pick up the language, too. It might be a bit rough but the best language training is total immersion! I personally survived it, starting overnight in an English school when I didn't speak a word of English! Do not worry, just give him time. I'm sure these holidays in the ml country will have transformed him by the end of the trip!
Activities with their peers is the best you could do! Just sit back and observe...
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Agnese: First words. What to expect? My son is 10 months old. He's still babbling, but I've noticed some different sounds depending on the situation. I wonder if he'll start saying his first words in the next weeks (or months, who knows?). What should I expect?
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Amy: Don't expect anything Agnese. Just let it happen, and then what he says will hit you like a train. It's an amazing moment. Just live it and don't overthink it. Whatever he says, in whatever language it is, it is a magical moment.
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Agnese: I've recently found a further (annoying) challenge: when I speak ml (Italian) to my child (10m) in front of ML acquaintances, they are making jokes about what I said (mostly accent, similar unrelated words...). What do you think is the best way to act?
Jul 15, 2018 13:04:11 GMT 9
Amy: Agnese, it is simply because they never had the opportunity to be acquainted so closely to that language. Just smile and keep going. Over time (even if this may seem long), the comments will fade. Don't show your son you are embarrassed by your ml.
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Adam Beck: Agnese, I strongly second Amy's advice! Stay strong and continue speaking Italian!
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