Wednesday, January 06, 2010

vocab update

Toby is a man of few words.

He says "Mama," "Daaaaaaad," and "Bubba" for Charlotte and for a long time those have really been the only intelligible things coming out of his mouth besides yes/no head movements. This past week his vocab has blossomed though. :) He now says "juice" which is also what it sounds like when he says "shoes." He says "janku" (thank you) and most recently "tow" (rhymes with now) for tower-- aka he wants to play with blocks. It's fun to listen to him try to communicate with us FINALLY!

Charlotte, on the other hand, is so verbal, she has her own dialect.

She has developed the habit of saying things like "here my are!" And "I'm is!" (As in, 'Charlotte, eat your dinner'- 'I'm IS eatin'!') While Rob and I still think she's adorable when she makes these proclamations, I thought today maybe we should work on correcting them a little. Boy, that was more challenging than I thought it would be! I offered her a penny for her bank to say "here I am." That was impossible. (She was completely bewildered and embarrassed as the words kept coming out "I'm is" or "my am.") Slowly I said "I. Am." over and over. "I'm am." she finally replied. It'll have to do for now. Anyway, she's still the only 3 year old I know who uses words like "astute, usually, perhaps, exception, and fascinating" correctly. :)

4 comments:

ksenzee said...

I bet you don't need to correct her yet -- she's still learning by example. Surely any child who says "astute" at three will grow up to have perfect grammar. And I love "I'm is"! Beanie's latest linguistic hilarity is that when you tell her to do something, like put her shoes on, she'll say "Don't say that when I'm putting my shoes on!" And of course she's 20 feet away from her shoes at the time.

Aubrey said...

I love it! Toby is definitely the strong silent type. And Charlotte's lingo totally cracks me up. She and Ella definitely speak the same language. Recent Ella favorites are "what's she's name" and "tickle I." :)

Becca Anderson said...

I don't know Julie. I'm pretty sure that will become correct grammar in the next few years, if my high school kids have anything to say about it. I can't get them to stop saying things like, "I seen them" and "What time is?"

zokilavabe said...

Today I asked her if she had done something, and she said, "I dontded" (I dont'ed) I had to smile at that. And no, we have no idea how she learned the word 'astute'....
And Becca, that's how creoles are born! I work with some people considerably younger than me, and I often hear "What is?"