Sunday, January 24, 2010

bilingual baby.

we've been a little bit concerned about samil's speech. i mean, it's nothing serious, just some normal parental paranoia. but. the poor kid is exposed to so many languages it makes us wonder what the boy is going to do when he gets to school and it's spanish all.the.time.

and it's pretty obnoxious when other parents ask about samil's hilarious speech patterns. and because we're in a developing nation with poor education i shouldn't be surprised when people ask if his babble is english. or my favorite comment. mira, el ni tiene que tomar clases para aprender ingles. wow, he doesn't even have to take classes to learn english.

the important part, though, is that he is able to communicate. he's learned the dominican lip pointing. you know. instead of pointing with your finger, aim your mouth in the direction of what you want and move your lips outward. and he's learned to tell people to "c'mere" with his hand. he high fives, and fist bumps. and more impressively knows who needs a hand shake and who gets a pound.

he's got a few, select words. the important ones. and knows how to use them well.

this morning after eating a bowl of cheerios and two cookies, decided to try his hand and getting another cookie. first to mommy.

"mamiiiiiiiiii. cook-cook"
"no samil, you already had two cookies."
"maaaaaaaaaaaa. cwacka"
"no samil you just ate cereal, you don't need anything else."
and when all else fails, just so he can win the game:
"mamiiiiiiiiiii. wa-wa"
to the fridge to get some water and samil says to papi.

"papiiiiiiiiii. dulce"
"no samil, no hay mas 'cook-cook'"
"paaaaaaaaaaa. galleta"
"no samil, ya comiste cornflakes."
thinks for a second. "ooooooooooooo"


Jo said...

Aww that's so cute.. he knows who to speak to in which language too...

Erin said...

I don't think you have anything to be worried about. If anything, Samil's language skills are superior. His knowledge makes him incredibly more adaptable and will serve him well in years to come. I think you guys are doing an excellent job!