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Bethany's learning to say several new words a day now. It's great to see her acquire the confidence to say a word that she's been understanding from us for months, but now realises how to speak herself.

She's also uttering complex sentences. Her approach to this is pretty much what my approach to French was in early teenage years: "say the words I know how to say, and skip over the words I don't." One great example that Rachael mentioned [now edited to have more words thanks to Rachael below] - here's what you might have overheard yesterday:
Mummy Abwa go ou high gree bih why nine beer bih back bih!
Let me translate the individual words for you:
Mummy Bethany go out side green bin white nine blue bin black bin!
Can you tell what that means? Perhaps so. In context it was pretty clear:
Mummy and Bethany go outside [and move] the green bin with a white nine [next to] the blue bin and black bin!
Which is definitely an event Bethany considers worth celebrating, as it demonstrates Order Being Restored and the Replacement of a Thing to Where It Should Be. If the bin men leave one of our bins not aligned with the other two, as far as Bethany's concerned this is a flaw in the universe's integrity and must be corrected at once. (And as someone who's corrected at least his fair share of pictures hanging fractionally slanted, I guess I can see where she's coming from :) )

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railwaymouse
Jul. 19th, 2012 11:09 am (UTC)
David has a similar, but slightly different tactic, which goes "Say the words I know, and put placeholders in for the ones I don't." So we get something like "Daddy unuh James book unuh David," meaning "Daddy, read the James book to David." - the "James book" being one of the "Thomas the Tank Engine" series.
woodpijn
Jul. 19th, 2012 12:24 pm (UTC)
It was better than that - it was "Mummy Abwa go ou high gree bih why nine beer bih back bih" - Mummy and Bethany go outside [and move] the green bin with a white nine [next to] the blue bin and black bin.

Heh, I was thinking of posting about it myself :)
alextfish
Jul. 19th, 2012 12:44 pm (UTC)
Ha, how cool! Edited the entry to better reflect it :)
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