September 3, 2013 by empraise
I’ve been procrastinating about writing this post but it’s time. Maybe I’ll save the deeper discussion for later when I have had a chance to process through my thoughts as I write them down.
God has brought us to a new chapter in life. My husband has taken a new job in a new city in Korea which means our “1 year adventure” is turning into a total of 3-4 years in Korea.
This has repercussions on our language choices but I’m not sure what that will look like yet. Big M and I are discussing and mostly I am just mulling things around in my head and experimenting with English and Spanish (and Korean) with Little M.
Another big milestone is Little M’s birthday–he just turned two this past week. We had a “Hungry Hungry Caterpillar” Party and used all three copies of the book “Die Kleine Raupe Nimmersatt” and “La Oruga Muy Hambrient”. Fun and easy party theme 🙂 But this milestone just reminds us of how much he is changing and developing each day–His language skills are skyrocketing. It is that time in life when he is parroting everything we say, which is awesome, scary, exciting, and challenging. We started keeping a vocabulary list for him around 20 months and at that time his word breakdown was approximately 49 words as follows:
- 12 Spanish
- 16 German
This month, we picked up with recording again and how his totals are astounding. After 6 weeks in the US, Little M’s English was going through the roof. I was also beginning to question what the future held in terms of languages for our family, and so have backed off some on the Spanish (more on this in a post later this week). So at 24 months old Little M has about 130 words in his vocabulary:
- 27 in Spanish
- 29 in German
- 68 in English
- AND…about 4 words in Korean 🙂
The gap is widening! As we knew it would. But it is truly amazing how many words he has added in just four months. I know we haven’t even recorded all his words because we can’t keep track of them all and that this kind of language increase is completely normal but I am just impressed with toddler’s brains!
He is also now putting together little sentences like “Mama’s turn”, “Open it”, “I did it” etc.
So the big question I will write more about later is: “Should we continue with three languages (two non-native) at home, even as a fourth (Korean) is filtering in more and more?”