Monday, July 14, 2008

Bilingual Babies

We decided early on that we wanted Gracie and Luke to speak English and Spanish. Luckily, we have 2 experts who can teach them Spanish: Grandma and Grandpa. From January until June, Grandma and Grandpa spent hours and hours talking to babies in Spanish, reading to them in Spanish, and playing with them in Spanish. Now, Grandma and Grandpa are only coming once a week, but the Spanish has stuck.

It was only a matter of time before the babies started speaking Spanish.

Gracie's official first word was "itty." Which, in Gracie language, means kitty. Her second official word, if you don't count "Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma", was "eera." She says this while pointing, so we are translating it to mean "mira." For those of you who don't speak Spanish, "mira" means "look!" Gracie loves to point at things and say "eera!"

I'm so excited that they understand Spanish. They will crawl toward us when we say, "Ven! (Come!)" Daddy is practicing Spanish with the babies every day.

I speak English to them and make sure to give them English words for each Spanish word they hear.

But now I wonder...Do my babies speak English or Spanish?

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