Language is an interesting thing. One of the times when my parents were visiting, Little Man had just started to experiment with different consonants. At one point he said something which sounded like “guck.” My mom, glowing with the pride of her first grandchild’s certain genius, turned to me and gushed, “He said ‘dog!’ “
Now that Little Man is actually talking, I’ve gotten used to communicating with him in his own version of English. It wasn’t until my mother-in-law was visiting that I noticed that his version was not universal. Little Man would say something which was clear to me, but that she didn’t understand, and I realized that I was translating from toddler.
Here are some examples of his versions of words. I thought it would be nice to record them for posterity.
- pancake – mancake
- popcorn – picar
- it’s on (like an overhead light) – ota on
- dog – woah woah (as in woof woof)
- paper – paypee
- potato – pitu (now tayto, which makes more sense)
- water – warrrr
- milk – nilk
- yellow – lelo
- shoe – sue
- spoon – foon
- juice – chooce
- a siren (think fire truck) – weeoo weeoo
- phone – sone
- apple – appoh
- thank you – sankuu (how cute is that?)
There are also some completely adorable things that he says. He has this little teeny voice which makes any word sound precious. Even when he’s saying “no” it’s endearing (sometimes). Here are some words that just make me kvell whenever he says them:
When I stop to think about the fact that my baby (okay, toddler) is talking, like, really communicating with me, it blows my mind. What a miracle that Little Man, who was just making random sounds a few months ago is now coordinating his mouth, tongue and throat to produce the same sounds that I am making. He has gotten so adept that he is really able to repeat nearly any simple word that we say. Yes, his little brother’s name (David Eliezer) is still out of reach, but “apple juice” and “potato kugel” were both successfully executed the other day. It’s just amazing how the brains of kids develop, and I’m so thankful to be able to enjoy this milestone. What a blessing!
What were some of your kids’ first words, or cute mispronunciations?