Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mercy Buckets and Mucho Grassy Ass

Sometimes I wonder what Audrey makes of foreign languages.  She has her hands full just trying to get by in English, so I'm not a fan of Diego nagging her to "Salta!" and go "al rescate".  And how many times do we have to say "Ni hao" to Kai-lan before she buzzes off already.

Audrey's exposed to French via her friend Fancy Nancy, who loves to throw around the merci's and the ooh-la-la's.  That's French right?

She also loves Tasty Time with ZeFronk on Disney Junior.  ZeFronk is a French chef who also appears to be a dachshund.  He doesn't so much drop French words as just have a really exaggerated accent.  He's always being bothered by his neighbor, a uni-browed cat named Dom who wears a track suit and looks and sounds like Ernest Borgnine.  Audrey was beyond amused to find out that one of her new classmates was named Dom.  She went right up to him the first day and said "Dom! You see-ly cat!"

One time weeks went by before I realized that Audrey had her DSi set to Spanish.  It's one thing if she hears foreign language words from TV shows.  Then at least she knows the correct pronunciation and I can decipher what she's on about.  But seeing them in writing -- on the DSi or in the Fancy Nancy books -- leads to some interesting misunderstandings.

I was wondering why she kept talking about "a spaniel", until I realized that the DSi shows the language selection as "Espanol".  And when I started hearing "Oy, oy" coming from the back seat as she played, it took me a while to figure out that she had changed it to French and this was how she was pronouncing "Oui oui".

Oy indeed.

18 comments:

  1. Hilarious. My younger son will only REALLY listen to a command if I give it in Spanish. My husband is sort of left out. He's learning as he goes on that one. I don't even remember how I figured that one out either. Probably in frustration I said "No mas!" and he stopped so I carried it over into other things.

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  2. During my daughter's full assessment at school, she told the psychologist she spoke 3 languages - English, Spanish & Chinese - thanks Nick Jr :/

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  3. I think I'm less concerned about Lily's exposure to spanish via Dora than I am that nobody I know who speaks spanish understands what the hell Dora is saying EITHER. Half the time Dora's first or second letters are unrecognizable and yelling it louder seems to be her cure-all if her audience doesn't say it right the first time. Salta? Santa? Falta?? WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU SAYING, DORA???? I WANT TO RESCUE THE PIGGIES!!!

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  4. hahaa I love these comments. Tommy has a fascination with foreign languages. When we'd go to a friends house (yeah, back when I HAD friends) he'd change their tv's, video game consoles, cellphones, to portugese (which was pronounced pork-a-cheese). It's hard to get it back to english when you can't read what the prompts are saying!! lol

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  5. @Amanda: It really makes me wonder if they comprehend that it's a different language or if they just like the reaction it gets.

    @Anonymous: OMG. Hilarious.

    @Jim: Los piggies esta muerto.

    @Rhonda: I think I speak my ass speaks pork-a-cheese. I know what you mean about getting it back to English...not easy!

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  6. yum yum yum! el tocina es delicioso!!

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  7. It's great that Audrey is multi-lingual!

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  8. %&#%*&@!! Just wrote a long and of course exceedingly funny comment and the profile gate wouldn't let me thru. No more!! Not gonna do any more!!!

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  9. @Anonymous: #EPICBLOGGERFAIL!!!! That sucks!

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  10. I remember when everyone was so excited that we had a spanish teacher for the kindergarten classrooms...and in came Corbin who still couldn't pronounce half the letters in the alphabet...really?

    I have an annoying habit of slipping to french every once in a while (not that i'm anywhere near fluent, but three years of classes and two weeks in France made some phrases stick in my head)...whenever I say s'il vous plait (please) Corbin always responds, "So I can play? Okay!" And he knows what it means...he's just a smart ass ;)

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  11. My son's new teacher suggested that he mainstream in the "cultural exploration class" where they look at the french and spanish languages and cultures so they can decide which one they want to take in 8th grade. REALLY? WTH? he's COMPLETELY non-verbal and doesn't understand instructions in English? how screwed up does she want him to be?! Gotta love special education!

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  12. Dora had Little Bird telling hotel maids "arriba!"
    FML

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  13. Jelly loves to run around saying "vamanos!" and other assorted Dora phrases. She just started Jewish preschool so I'm waiting for the Hebrew phrases to start.

    I do wonder what Moe thinks of other languages. To him, they all might be an incomprehensible as English. Or maybe he's fluent in all of them. I have no idea.

    You must get some video of multi-lingual Audrey!

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  14. "Ai you dea ar ea wu"
    Audrey texted this to me on August 20 at 9:34 a.m. I'm thinking she was trying to dazzle me with her limited Chinese, but then the iPhone auto-correct went crazy with the foreign language? OR.....you accidentally sat on your phone and butt-texted me.
    I'm pretty sure it was Audrey though since it was followed up by her usual chaser line, "Hi Audrey!"

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  15. What is it about our kids? Most of them struggle with English yet tahy also have a fascination with forign languages? My guy is the same!

    xx Jazzy

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  16. I definitely want some video of your multilingual little talent. I think it is cool that she wants to explore the different languages on her dsi, if I had done that when I had my ds I would have been lost and screwed trying to undo it!

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  17. Just found your blog through Parents, and wanted to say hi- I saw that you went to the U of I in Champaign, and that's where my family and I live. :)

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  18. My boys love to play with their Batman Laptop set to the Spanish mode...when you don't put in the right code it says "Access Denied" but in Spanish it sounds way more funny.

    Great post, Lynn!

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