Thursday, 16 June 2011

Multilingual goes Mad!

8.15 PM, the Babel Residence, childrens' room. BK1 & BK2 are drawing.

I interrupt them and ask BK2 where her pyjama bottoms are. BK1 remembers they should be in the bath room. BK2 then exclaims:

"Ich habe gemagict die away!" (I made them disappear using magic)

If you are German (and I suspect only then) you will notice that she took a perfectly normal German phrase ("Ich habe die weggezaubert") and translated the verb, leaving the grammar pretty much intact (well, in her way).

This is the first time I really noticed her doing it that way round.


Thursday, 2 June 2011

Bilingual Carnival May Edition

It's Bilingual Carnival time again!

So head over to Mummy do that! for this month's fun and remarkable blog articles on raising children in multi lingual environments.