Colors and Schools

May 10, 2012 By: erik Category: Offspring, Videos 257 views

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Colors and Schools (thumbnail)Nora’s language ability has veered mildly towards Spanish lately. For a while now she would only converse with me in English, but now she will sometimes switch to Spanish if she doesn’t know how to say the phrase in English, or if she just forgets. I dutifully respond, “You mean, ‘blah blah blah’?” translating what she just said into English, and she repeats it and goes acquiring new English words like this.

Big MouthHer memory continues to astound me. Yesterday she was taking only very small bites of her lunch, and I told her to take bigger bites. She claimed that the bigger bites wouldn’t entrar in her mouth, and I explained that yes, actually, they would. She opened her mouth wide as if to test my claim, and I took a photo to show her. After she closed it, she said, “I can open my mouth big like the hippos!” Surprised that she had made the connection, I inquired where she had seen hippos, and she responded matter-of-factly that she had seen hippos in Cabárceno. That was two months ago.

She also is full of stories that a more mature mind might not discuss, like today when we walked by a bar, she told me about one time when she and her aunt were stuck in the bar’s bathroom and they couldn’t open the door.

Three year olds should definitely be treated as social moles spying on their own families. We can no longer freely criticize people that we know from the privacy of our own homes because she’s capable of parroting anything to anybody.

I recorded the following interview with her today to capture the state of her language skills. She will often go off onto tangents about things she experienced months ago. Her language for temporally positioning events is still pretty rudimentary, with “yesterday” meaning any time in the past.

The video starts with the end of her sentence, “What are you gonna do?” when she saw me setting up the camera.

We will know if she got in to the school near our house at the end of next week. After we finished filming, I gave her the camera to “take me a picture”.

Photo of Poppy

  • Too cute!! 

  • Little children are extremely clever, it’s true you cannot gossip about your neighbors (I think that’s one of the most global sports, it’s done in every country and in every social class) or about how bad looks now the haircut of the groceries’. 

    Video is really cute haha


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  • Wow, she talks so well!  I love the “is very lejos, very lejos” part.  It’s so much fun when they mix the languages like that at first.  And yeah, you really do have to be careful now, and not only about what you say.  Kids love to go around telling people what you do too.  I remember a neighbor boy coming over to play with our kids when we lived in Malaga.  While he was over, we heard this banging noise coming from one of the other flats, and he told us, “That’s my parents having a nap.”  We had a really hard time to keep from laughing.