Toddler Translation

While on holiday we tallied up Matt’s vocabulary just short of 18 months. Needless to say that some of his words need a little translation for people other than Mum and Dad…

ma = monkey
nun = sun
baa = flower
mmmbee = strawberry
par = park
bananee = banana
butter (or budder) = butterfly
budden = button
ban = fan (although he’s starting to say “fan” now)
buzz = buzzy-bee
teese = cheese
buddy = buggy
pano = piano

and as for fully understandable words,

mum, mummy, dad, daddy, baby, that, bee, star (esp since Christmas), bye, bunny, bear, nana, marmite, bar (for muesli-bar), done, gone, me (usually while pointing at something he’s done – like drawing on the sea chest with a crayon!), car, and beep-beep (sometimes while pointing to mum’s breasts!!! – very funny).

Not a bad vocab from the little guy. What amazes me though is how much more he understands, recognises and/or associates. We have a couple of “First Words – Touch and Feel” books (which I highly recommend) and when asked Matt can correctly point to almost everything in them – including unusual things like ‘candy’ or ‘zebra’. He’s a little sponge for information and his exponential learning is fascinating to watch.


About Chris
A self confessed geek, meteorologist (aka weather forecaster), father & proud kiwi mainlander living, working & playing in Wellington, New Zealand.

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