I'm a writer, editor, and lover of languages. Come read about my experiment raising my daughter in Spanish, a language I speak with non-native fluency.
I’ll check in on basics again in a few months and see what kind of progress she has made. We don’t drill these things, we keep it fun and playful. Counting & Numbers: When she has an item in her hand she can pick up another one and say “dos.” When she’s counting rubber ducks […]More
She is continuing to put her words together to form phrases and sentences so that she can make more complex observations (because she has a lot to comment on). Yesterday, for example, I got out of the car and asked Lyon to carry my backpack so I could carry Bilingual Baby into the house. When […]More
It’s fascinating to me to watch Josephine adding on the intricate layers of grammar that really make it all work. Possessives: Sometimes she mixes the way possives work in Spanish and English. In Spanish, for example, to say that those shoes belong to Dad, you would say those are “los zapatos de Dada (the shoes […]More
Wrapping up June, her 23rd month on the planet, I want to focus on the nuanced progress she’s made. She’s adding transition words, articles and turning long-held baby words into real words that can be found in a Spanish dictionary. Here’s a recap: Numbers: She can count to 10 in both English and Spanish. However, […]More
Even though I’m the person who best understands Jojo’s toddler babble, there are times that I don’t get what she’s saying. And when that happens, she is persistent in getting her message across. Sometimes she will take you by the hand and show you what she’s talking about, sometimes she draws a word out and […]More