Ellie has really started to communicate with us, using mostly easily understandable words. It’s so fun to watch her learn how to communicate her needs and desires with us. She’s often quite inventive with the way she uses words. It’s particularly fun for this linguistics-loving woman to watch a baby’s first language acquisition!
Here’s a few of the words she’s using now:
Proper nouns: Baba, Mama, Yiayia, Pappou, Nana (occasionally but of course, never when Nana is on Skype to hear her) She applies the concept of “Baba” and “Mama” to moms and dads that she sees in pictures. I love how she’s taking a specific name and applying the abtract concept of parents!
Ellie: She also uses “Ellie” all the time to mean a variety of things including, “I want that”, “That’s mine,” “Please give me more”, “Don’t forget about me”, etc. Lately, she’s been saying, “Eh-tee” all the time and we think that she means “Ellie” when she’s saying it. When we ask her, “What’s your name?”, she says, “Ellie,” but at almost all other times now, she says, “Eh-tee” instead. Why? It cracks us up every time she does it!
Good examples of “Ellie” as “I want it” and “1-2-Go” as a fun game!
12Go – This is Ellie’s name for her current favorite game. She also uses, “1-2-Go” as a yelled request if we’re not in the living room with her to come in and play.
common nouns: ice, baby, goal (meaning ball), apple (which seems to mean all fruit) (This is particularly funny because we rarely eat fresh apples so her experience with fresh fruit is almost entirely with other fruit such as strawberries, cherries, peaches, and plums.)
verbs: go, walk (generally used to mean, “No I don’t want to go in the stroller” or as a command in conjunction with “please” to mean, “Mama, stop lying on the couch and get up and play with me.”)
prepositions: up (meaning the opposite of where she is so it can mean either up or down), on, off
You’ll also see a good example of what happens when you ask an almost two-year-old to do something she doesn’t want to do.
adverbs: yes, no, please, usually pronounces, “psss” but sometimes “peas”. (We’re working on saying please to ask what she needs instead of yelling, “Ellie” and she’s remembering more and more often.)
adjectives: hot, brrrr (meaning cold), one, two, three (“eee”), sometimes eight and nine, yum (often used as “yum, yum, yum“, said in a pitiful voice, meaning, “I’m hungry! Feed me!”)
interjections: hi! bye! wow! yeah!
There is one word she’s been using in the past week that sounds remarkably like, “Chewbacca“and we haven’t quite figured out what that one means yet!
I’m sure there’s more but that’s all I can think of right now. First language acquisition is awesome!!
*And in case you can’t tell, yes, it’s been really hot around here and yes, I promise we put clothes on Ellie before we go out into public. 🙂