Saturday, 1 November 2008

Objects, not Words

Souad was singing a song with Lilia today, an English song. The song goes like this:

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Knees and Toes
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Knees and Toes
Eyes and Ears and Mouth and Nose
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Knees and Toes

You point to the body parts while you sing it, and you can replace one of the words with "hm" if you feel like it.

Souad & I both use the English word when we decide which word to replace, like "knees". Lilia, though, was using the French word ("genoux"), because she was speaking with Souad, of course.

I guess that means that for her, there is no difference between "knee", "genou" and "Knie". She is truly multi-lingual. English is as much her mother-tongue as German, Arabic and French.