06/03/2008 - 06/03/2008
Skyler's been verbalizing a lot. Every couple of days he says something new, which I hadn't heard before, it seems. He is mixing Mandarin and English, which bodes ill for those of us, woefully monolingual, who are trying to understand his still-developing articulation.
His latest favorites, apart from "yeye nainai mama baba", is "hai you" (=there is) and "mei you" (=there isn't), which for a week or two, he said all the time. But now he does know how to use them properly, to indicate whether something exists or not (although you can't always believe him!). Before these, and still quite often repeated, is "da bus" (=big bus).
About two week agos I heard him say "bathtime" as we took him to bath. I don't think he's heard anyone say that in at least 5 weeks, and suddenly he pops it out, just like that. I've also heard "kiss", "fan", "boat", "meat", "toitet", "towa"=towel.
But as of now, half way through our stay, he's definitely using more Mandarin than English. It's gotten to where I'm learning a little bit from him! I've heard: san (=fan) and diensan (=electric fan),
da kou (="big mouth")
Now he also asks for doors and containers to be opened (kai men), for help climbing up or down off the bed ().