We are fortunate enough to live in a very, very diverse area of the country. So a trip to the supermercado can often replicate the lunch line at The United Nations. Whenever we are in a store and Sofía passes someone else hablando Español, she will tell me. “Esa señora habla Español también, Mami.”
One day we were in Target and there were two women speaking Portugués. Sofía walked up to them, stared, and then looked at me and said, “Las señoras están hablando Portugués, Mami.” (The women are speaking Portuguese, Mami.) The women, were shocked as well as I was! They immediately started to speak to us en Español. I explained that on YouTube, Sofía often watches some of her shows (Mickey Mouse Club House, Pocoyo, Hello Kitty, or Pulgarcita) in Portugués. CONSTANTLY. We make a conscious effort to always point out in which language she is watching. Reoccurring languages are Portugués and Ruso. It is interesting because she watches the same show over again in the same languages. She’s intense and she knows what’s going on. As we were walking away, one of the señoras said, “Oh what a good ear she has!” I beamed! The Academy Awards of a Language Nerdo Mami’s ears!