Letting Life Lead
You forget what a toddler world must feel like until you start trying to learn a language. Know why toddlers cry and scream and throw tantrums so easily like they are losing their minds? It’s because they can’t speak the damn language on top of having a brain that has not completed its wiring, so they ARE losing their minds (despite the fact that they are hardwired to absorb language)!
Kid Language Birth to Four Year Checklist:
1. Grow Brains
2. Repeat sounds
3. Stop babbling instinct sounds not used in environment
4. Babble in the musicality of the language
5. Associate simple sounds to objects
6. Learn pointing and acquire question words
7. Learn colors….
1023. Letter Recognition.
I look at Japanese Hiragana and katakana and it looks like a toddler grabbed a pencil in a fat little fist and drew random marks. I am sure that this what English letters must look like to children and adults with a completely different writing system. I am not even going to entertain the idea right now of learning Kanji.
And the sounds. I am seemingly deaf to certain sounds. No wonder when my son said, “Momma, dawaddaishwunnin,” he didn’t realize that he said an entire four word phrase as one word. I get it. It all does sound like gobbledy-gook. Where does one word end and the next begin!? I swear I feel like I am in a Peanuts comic strip where the audio is a lot of “Mwaw Hai, mwaw mwaw mwaw neko mwaw mwaw kawaii mwaw mwaw dess ka?”
Let’s see how much I can improve before I run out of motivation. Learning the hiragana has helped me some with learning to hear sounds and helps me to read the romanji more efficiently. I am hoping I will soon not have to use the romanji so much.
For those who speak more than their mother language, do you remember what it was like when you first started?
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