She's Starting to Talk--in Spanglish August 29 2010
So it's finally happening -- the moment when baby K transitions from gibberish every now and again to having what seem like full-on gibberish conversations with inflection, with a few real words interspersed between. She points to her cup and says agua when she's thirsty. And says apple for apple, banana, nectarine or any fruit, really.
I've been listening closely to the gibberish and inflections, and wondering what its going to be when it finally synthesizes in her head. Spanish, or English? Most likely it's going to be Spanglish. As much as I want her to speak just Spanish right now, I know that's not going to happen. She spends all day with her grandma -- who speaks both languages to her -- and she Skypes a lot with her other grandparents in Miami -- puro espanol -- but when we get home from work I'd say we do about 75 percent English and 25 percent Spanish. This is not the way I want it to be, but when you've been working all day and communicating in English it's hard to just unplug and switch to Spanish. Nah, nah, nah I know that's just an excuse and here's another -- it's especially hard when you live in a city where there's not much of a Spanish-speaking population, so it's not like you're just gonna stop at the grocery store and bam, all Spanish. At least I'm not the only one in this situation.
But from here on out, I'm gonna make a conscious effort -- mas espanol!
One of my favorite websites to read up on raising baby bilingual is SpanglishBaby.com. Anyone have any good recommendations?