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Monday, August 6, 2012


The Guajolotita #1 started using definite articles with her nouns this week. The English definite article is "the" ("a" and "an" are indefinite articles).

Spanish, like most languages, has gendered nouns and the definite articles reflect that: el and la.

She says "el leon" (and provides a tiny roar if asked, "Como hace el leon?"). Her bed sheets have elephants, turtles, lions, and giraffes. She counts the animals and says their names. So far of the sheet-animals, only the lion merits his article. I've gotten reports from THCSITU that she used the (correct!) article with several other nouns yesterday.

This is one she's going to start correcting me on soon - I imagine from her various sources of input she'll learn the correct gender of nouns and correct me when I get them wrong!


  1. How neat! We have still not gotten anything out of Neeya except Baba (she calls everyone that) and a few random sounds. When we were in Macedonia, she started saying more words, but then we went to Palestine and she stopped...Are we confusing this girl with 3?!!

    1. Nope! You are not confusing her! She is a smart girl, and she'll figure out all that input. My friend who lives in China was here earlier this month, and her little girls are both trilingual from birth. It's doable!


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