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The brilliance of little kids and language

laughing baby

Somebody’s tickled by what she found under the tree! Image courtesy of Dee, Morguefile.

One of the funniest things in the world is to start a conversation with a toddler who hasn’t quite fully grasped the ins and outs of spoken language. It tends to cause humor while you’re in a long line at the checkout register.

Little kids are so wise, have you noticed? I once had an interesting conversation with a pint-size philosopher that went something like this:

TODDLER: Ya ya ob boo gau!

ME: Oh, really? I didn’t know that. Tell me more. (At this point, the parent and I exchange grins.)

TODDLER: Bah pa yay yay?

ME: Well, I guess you could put it that way. You’re very smart, did you know that?

TODDLER: Kas ka loosh!

ME: You’re welcome.

Interesting, isn’t it, how little kids pick up language bit by bit? They absorb it from so many sources: TV, Internet, radio, friends, family, babysitters, and even passersby.

There’s that amazing moment when you realize that the brain inside that tiny child not only comprehends what you say, but can formulate a response. Once when my nephews were little, I asked one of them, “What sound does a cow make?” and the other nephew said “MOO!” It surprised me so much because I thought nephew #2 was still too young to know what a cow was, let alone what sound it made.

This year, we welcomed a new little cousin, L., to my clan (technically, the little one is my fourth cousin). She’s still too young to be talking yet, but I look forward to hearing what she thinks of the world. It’s going to be fun. Here’s looking at you, kiddo.

Happy holidays, blog readers!

Children's Christmas village display

Hoping everybody has a great Christmas & New Year’s! Photo credit: Blogger’s own.




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