Use Your Words

June 04, 2010 By: erik Category: Uncategorized 173 views

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thumbNora has understood the “first I talk, then you talk, then I talk again” format of human conversation for several months now. But it wasn’t until just recently that she’s begun forming clear sentences with what are clearly words. Unfortunately none of the words she speaks are in either of the two languages I understand. As you might imagine, it can be very frustrating for both sides of the conversation. It is clear, however, that she is trying to express some concept through speech. And, because the words seem so much like words, only in a foreign language, sometimes I get asked on the street by people that know my origins if she’s speaking English. Perhaps the set of sounds she’s making is what spoken English sounds like to a non-English-speaker?

We spend a lot of time playing the speaking game just like we are in the video you are about to see. One of the most fun parts of the game for me is my introspection as my brain does its very, very darnedest to make some sense out of the words it’s hearing. Be aware of the work your brain is doing as you watch the video. I’m afraid that anything you hear is likely just pareidolia, and she’s not really commenting on Kirstie Alley.

The pajama she’s wearing is from Marga’s cousins, the youngest of whom is about to turn 19 years old.

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  • Paul

    Oh my. She obviously was trying to tell you something important. I wonder if a 2 or 3 year-old might be able to translate for you . .

  • At about 1:59, you an almost see the thought bubble forming over her head: “My god this man is dumb. What doesn’t he understand?”

    This is so cute, Erik.

  • A fair number of those words sound like “Daddy”. I’m surprised you didn’t pick up on that.

    • Oh, don’t worry. I hear “Daddy” in just about everything she says. The problem is I don’t know what she’s saying to Daddy, saying that Daddy did, or what she’s asking Daddy to do.

      Today, Sunday, was particularly nice since many of her words sound like either “yesterday” or “Saturday”, and today that finally made sense.

  • jv

    This made me laugh out loud – she is so cute!

  • I smiled so hard at this video. I can’t get over her facial expressions.

    Her babbles definitely have a Spanish accent compared to all the American babies I know.