first words in the soon-to-be second tongue

When we first switched Flynn’s beloved Mickey Mouse Clubhouse to Spanish, he got pretty upset and insisted we make Mickey stop talking silly. But lately he’s totally behind the idea of learning Spanish. He loves telling everyone both “hola” and “adios amigo,” and after some hiccups, he can now also explain, “Me llamo Flynn.” (It took a while for him to understand why “me llamo me” doesn’t work. “But I am me,” he would argue.)

This evening, Mickey taught Flynn to say “gracias” and “de nada,” which inspired him to ask me for a whole bunch of other translations. In case you’re curious, here are the words a toddler boy desperately needs to know in his soon-to-be second tongue, according to said toddler boy:

  • Dog
  • Dinosaur
  • Bucket
  • Spider
  • Pigeon
  • Mickey
  • Pig
  • Pants
  • Digger
  • Tiger
  • Dog (guess it didn’t sink in the first time)
  • Elephant
  • Baby bottle
  • Giraffe
  • Light
  • Mirror
  • Bear
  • I will get you

So there you have it. He’s pretty much bilingual now, wouldn’t you say?

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4 Responses to first words in the soon-to-be second tongue

  1. The toddler mind is so cool! I love the important words list as well as his response of “me llamo me” I see a bright future for that kid!

  2. Theresa says:

    “I will get you” is SO important to a toddler!

  3. I just read/skimmed through your entire blog in a day! is that weird? This is very interesting to me, I’m actually in W. Africa right now working at the US Embassy and it’s so relatable. I found your blog while searching for “tandem couple”. Great blog, can’t wait to see more!

  4. Lynne says:

    That list sounds totally reasonable to me!

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