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La Mother Tongue is my medium to share the joys and challenges of being a new parent as well as to share how we make a conscious effort in our daily life to bring baby up bilingual.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Baby Babble

The first time Sofía spoke her first word in context, we weren’t sure if we were hearing what we thought we were hearing. It was almost like we took a double take, “Did she say what I think she said?” But yes, she did! Sofía’s first word was “Nacho” and her second was “Gato”! She also says a few other words: her linguistic approxamation of “papi” (which is very, very similar to “Gato”), mama, stinky, and night-night. She has also just started to repeat some animal sounds when you say them to her. She loves the monkey, gato (of course), and cow sounds. For her birthday her Godparents, her padrinos, gave her these awesome books with pictures of animals and the sounds the animals make. We really like them because we read them in both en Español and English. Not all animal sounds are the same in both languages, so I like that I can introduce that feature early. For example, in English, a rooster says, “Cock-a-doodle-do”, but en Español , it says, “kikiriki”.

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