Can you speak more than one language? I have to confess I only speak English (with a beautiful Yorkshire twang I must add!), and I only just scraped a B at GCSE French!
But over the last few months I have been learning a new language which I have discovered I am surprisingly good at – baby talk!
Language Helps Us Bond
I love this stage – my daughter’s thoughts and desires, which have been solely hers to know for the last year and a half, are finally being aired. We’re learning more and more about her wants and interests because she’s able to communicate them to us. It’s fascinating!
Our Little Secret
I am an expert translator now! It feels like such a special position to hold – I understand her when other people don’t! It’s like our own secret language. And her little face lights up when I repeat the word that she is trying to say. She knows that I understand her.
Mummy = Translator
But it is also so exciting to be able to encourage others to communicate with her too.
- ‘Nooo’ with a shake of the head means ‘no’
- A quick ‘Na’ with a nod of the head means ‘yes’
- ‘Ga’ means her food is ‘all gone’
- ‘Ya’ means she wants her story read again
- ‘Doo doo’ is the twit twoo of an owl (her favourite animal thus far).
It evolves almost weekly as my little one gains increasing mastery over her tongue and is able to get closer and closer to the English equivalent.
It is a language I am thoroughly enjoying learning. It is a time of bonding for my daughter and I. We can communicate! Our family feels like an even closer unit than before; we are learning more and more about our final member, just as she is learning more and more about us and this world we inhabit. Happy days!