Thursday, March 05, 2009

I'd like to buy a vowel...

So apparently I am fluent in a number of languages, just some of the newest happen to be much rarer than others. I took three years of Spanish in high school and to this day I can make out about 50% of something being said if I happen to overhear someone speaking. I always end up missing a few key nouns so I never quite know if they're talking about their dog, their boss, or their butcher. I've noticed lately there are a few other dialects that I am beginning to understand quite clearly when it comes to my kids.

My adorable middle child has created a completely new language maybe not yet studied and documented by experts. I consists of all vowels. When she is frustrated, tired, or whiny, she all of the sudden drops every consonant she's ever learned and speaks only in long drawn out vowels. Somehow, in my keen mom spidey sense, I'm able to still translate what she needs. So IIIIIIIII aaaaawww ayyeee iiiiieeee. Is "I want my sippie". Or Oooohhh ooohhh ooo eeh is "No go to bed". See. Easy right? My husband sometimes looks at me in utter disbelief that I even have any idea what she is saying at all. So I'll keep you posted on my scientific study here of the newest toddler language sweeping the nation. Maybe one day they'll call me the whine whisperer and I'll get my own show like Ceaser Millan (dog guy). That would totally rock.. or should I say aaaaa ooooo oh eee aaawww.

1 comment:

Dennis said...

The other day, Eva tried that language on me. After 10 minutes of whining "Buuh, Buuh, Buuhn", I finally figured out she wanted to watch "Burn-E" the short cartoon on the Wall-E dvd. I need a translator... and a stiff drink.

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