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.


1 comment:

  1. I laughed so hard reading this, because sentences like that are an everyday occurrence in our home as well. (We are also an Englisch/German speaking family!) What a great idea for a blog! I'll be following it.


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