Tag Archives: language

What They Say at Almost-Three

My kids are talking like it’s nobody’s business these days. They ask me why and what kind of, all day, every day. They’ll call my mother and tell her about their day. “And then….Lilly cwieded, and then…I hugged her, and … Continue reading

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Speech Delays…or Not

“Whadda doodin’, Dulce?” “I’m go-din’ home. Whadda you doodin’? “You’s go-din’ home? I go-din home, too!” “Hello, feet. Nie to mee choo.” I’m not concerned with my babies’ speech.  Maybe I should be. It seems everyone else with kids younger … Continue reading

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Why What?

It will never cease to amuse me when adults answer a question from my children with a thoughtful, long, detailed response and are then baffled by the toddlers’ illogical response. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the adult speaking to … Continue reading

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Our Little Language

We’re experiencing the final transition from rudimentary language to English over here, and it’s magical to see. Even the words they mispronouce, of which there are many, they know how they are supposed to be pronounced, and will reject an … Continue reading

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Ask a Question

Toddlers love to talk, for the most part. They’re always playing, and as their imaginations grow, they repeat scenarios over and over, much like an adult worrying, only their having fun. Another difference is that they do it out loud. … Continue reading

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I Want More

You know how in high school, your foreign language teacher will teach want/like/have on the same day?  I have retained hardly any of my Spanish, but I clearly remember learning querer/gustar/tener. It felt like a big day in Spanish class.  … Continue reading

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No and Beyond

My girls turn two and a half next week.  For the past six months it seems like I have heard nothing but “no.” “Let’s use the potty!” “No!” “Time to read stories in our room!” “Un-uh.” “Can we take a … Continue reading

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Farewell, Dear Mama

We are gathered here today, good friends, to lay to rest the beloved, the cherished, “mama.”  She truly brought joy to all who encountered her, and gladdened the hearts of the family constantly around her. I remember the time before … Continue reading

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The Breakthroughs Are Worth the Breakdowns

We are coming up on an entire week of blissful happiness in this house.  For almost seven straight days now, I have been able to talk to my children, to walk them through disappointments and to thwart what previously would … Continue reading

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Think About What You Say

After two intense weeks of tantrums, screaming, flopping, crying and whining, my kids have finally had a language breakthrough.  For the past four days or so, they have not only been pointing at objects and telling me what they are, … Continue reading

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