Spanish baby steps

Posted November 6th, 2008 under Clara and Libby, Life, Lost in translation, Puerto Rico, School by MicheleP.

Little by little, we are picking up more and more Spanish. Since the girls have been in preschool, they have made progress. They will often insert random Spanish words into their vocabulary. “Mom, can I have some leche?” They have also started calling Scott “Papi” and me “Ma MA” and of course their favorite word: “Mio” (which translates: MINE). Sometimes we aren’t sure what they are trying to say, but we know it’s something in Spanish. They love to talk about their friends at school and one little girl in particular – “Mal-le-handra”. I asked if it’s “Alejandra” and they say no and insist on the “Male”. Today I remembered to ask about this child and Maestra Maria had no clue who I was talking about. I said it a few more times and then she says, “OOOOOH. Maria Alejandra?!” Yes, that’s it. They hear it said so fast that they can’t distinguish the two different names.

Here is a little video of Libby singing in Spanish and then in English”…(one of the side effects of her learning the song in English at a Spanish school – LOL). Those in Puerto Rico will get a kick out of the pronunciation of “good”.

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  • 1

    I would really like to listen to the video but can’t find you’re music player on your site to turn it off. What can I do?

    Comment by Faith Winger — November 6, 2008 @ 6:40 pm

  • 2

    OK, I feel really stupid now. I left another page open to a blog who had the music on it but just didn’t know it cause my computer is always muted unless I want to listen to something. Going to watch it now…

    Comment by Faith Winger — November 6, 2008 @ 6:42 pm

  • 3

    I can’t get over how cute that is! And then I love how she was “this many” and is going to be “this many”. Precious!

    Comment by Alicia @ Experiencing Each Moment — November 6, 2008 @ 9:57 pm

  • 4

    Okay, that was the cutest thing I’ve seen all day. My goodness!

    Comment by Traci — November 6, 2008 @ 10:29 pm

  • 5

    Okay, I KNEW after I saw Scooter post about this on FB, that you MUST have blogged. I am SO glad you did!! Girl, this is truly one of the funniest, most adorable lil’ videos. You will just treasure it.

    Comment by Becky — November 7, 2008 @ 6:33 am

  • 6

    Man, that girl is just plain munchie!!! I could just squeeze her!

    Comment by Happy Mom — November 7, 2008 @ 3:22 pm

  • 7

    Soooo sweet!! I didn’t know the Spanish lyrics to the song, we used to sing it in French, English, German and Swedish when I was a child.
    No wonder you didn’t understand the girl’s name, I mean the Puerto Ricans don’t pronunce the letter R so of course it becomes Mal-le-handla for the girls :D

    Comment by Petra — November 7, 2008 @ 5:19 pm

  • 8

    Too funny about pronunciation! (if I even spelled that right LOL)

    And the “this many” is so precious!

    Comment by julied — November 8, 2008 @ 8:15 pm

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