I know what’s on my head

January 27th, 2013

A week or two ago, the nanny told us about an incident that had occurred in the hall of her apartment building when they had met a neighbour. Our girl was wearing this: The neighbour: “C’est un beau chapeau!” (“What a nice hat!”) Our girl: “C’est pas chapeau!” (“That’s not a hat!”) The neighbour, amused: […]

If you insist

January 23rd, 2013

Did I mention that I hoped a stay with my non-French-speaking mom would get my girl to activate her German? It turns out this is sometimes easier than expected. The other evening, my girl (two-and-a-half) was delaying going to bed by slowing down the undressing process: “Maman, attends !” (“Mommy, wait!”) Me (slightly unnerved because […]

Trilingual – sort of

January 18th, 2013

Does baby language count as a language? I mean the sort consisting of fixed words (such as “wauwau” for “dog”) that are not real words yet are used os consistently that parents and other regular care-takers will understand them as if they were. In that case, our daughter is making trilingual sentences. “Wauwau pas da?” […]

A case of many languages

January 18th, 2013

I recently interviewed a multilingual friend who is originally from Spain but grew up in the Brussels area where she still lives now. She arrived there as a young child in a Catalan-only speaking family and would go back to Spain to visit family several times (including summer holidays) each year. With her parents and […]

No use for gender

January 16th, 2013

My little girl is into making sentences these days. They are somewhat lacking articles and prepositions, but you get the idea. Although they are generally in French, German words are being used. A popular expression is “That’s my…” “C’est ma Kuh !” (German, cow, female.) “C’est ma lapin !” (French, bunny, male.) “C’est ma coussin […]

Speaking under the influence

January 13th, 2013

I had hoped that our Christmas holiday with my monolingual mom would yield some results in term of active German vocabulary, but not even the day spent with my friend and her two daughters (almost 6 and almost 2, the former very talkative) did. Then two days ago, our also-almost-six-year-old bilingual neighbour came over, and […]

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