Monday, June 21, 2010

Crazy toddlers, say what?!

Have you ever been in a foreign country and had difficulty getting anyone to understand what you're saying?

No?

Me neither.

But I do have two toddlers so I think that's the closest I qualify to being in another country with a language barrier.

Seriously...it's like being in a foreign country when I'm talking to Garrett and Landon. Usually, I have to ask them to slow down so I can really listen to what they're saying in order to respond correctly.

I learned that the hard way one day when I answered "yes" to something Landon had asked me. I had apparently agreed to let him go outside.... barefoot...in the rain....to play in the mud.

Obviously, since I'm home with them all day long, I've somewhat figured out how to translate but Tim...poor Tim...looks at me with a total WTF look on his face every time the kids open their mouths.

Let me demonstate some of the things they've said recently with my translation quickly to follow...

Wook at da bid donny, Dan.
Look at the big doggy, Dad (furthermore, I had to convince Tim I wasn't having an affair with a guy named, Dan)

Me want a rawbeddy meech-ba-bar.
I want a strawberry Nutrigrain bar.

Me need mere det-tup.
I need more ketchup.

Joo see da rain ovuh de-ah?
You see the train over there?

Me wite dat taw.
I like that car.

Joo wite Wite Da Kween too?
You like Lightning McQueen too?

Coh and Baya no eat da joga joo dave dem.
Cole and Bella didn't eat the yogurt you gave them.

Me want pena buddah jeddy denwit and appadauts fa wunch.
I want a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and applesauce for lunch.

We go in ya taw oh Danny taw?
Are we going in your car or Daddy's car? (Again with the whole Danny thing...)

Me not pawing dud.
I'm not feeling good.

Thankfully, "I love you" is universal.

When they say "Me wuvs joo", followed by a big hug and a kiss, that's pretty darn easy to translate.

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47 comments:

Buckeroomama said...

Oh, that's too cute!! I love "Me wuvs joo"! You should make a recording of some of the phrases they say and play it back for them when they're older. :)

Z has outgrown the "Me..." stage now, but she still uses "him" for he or she every time and says "Him likes..." "Him do this..." My husband thinks it's cute and he started talking the same way whenever he talks with her! She'll probably be talking this way until she's a teenager!

Shell said...

Oddly enough, I could actually translate some of these. ;)

BigSis said...

I usually get a very quick translation of "I'm not feeling good" when a toddler empties their stomach all over me :)

The Mother said...

Sadly, this only gets worse as the kids get older and learn how to use that vocabulary you spend so much time teaching them.

Now, of course, your failure to understand is not predicated in insufficient language skills. It's predicated in manipulative wordplay.

blueviolet said...

Those are so cute! I could pick up a couple words, but definitely not all of it!

Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years said...

We're in that phase now with Nudgie. It's a cross between baby babble and actual toddler words coming out - some more clearer than others obviously! ;-)

Great post!

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

This is great! And how fun will it be to look back one day at the "dictionary" you created! :)

Without baby sign language, I think I would only understand 3 or 4 words our girls say. What's funny to me is that they start signing REALLY AGGRESSIVELY sometimes when I'm not understanding what they're getting at...I think it's akin to speaking louder to someone who doesn't understand English. HA!

singedwingangel said...

Umm how sad that most of us could translate that automatically.. How funny on the dan thing.. if he questions again look at him and go who do you know in their right mind who wouldhav an affair with a woman who apparently has a thing for giving birth to multiples EVERY stinkin time??? Yeah thought so lol

Amy said...

It is so funny how we know what they are saying but others do not..

Eva Gallant said...

Way too cute! lol

The High Family said...

Believe it or not...I actually could translate every single one without looking at the answers. Sad but true. I still translate some things for Ryan and he will be 5 in November. He has come a LONG way in the last year though...just need to get him to sloooooow down some more.

Now Kara...well she is just starting to babble at 2 years old SO I have a feeling I will be translating for her as well. {sigh}...it's never ending.

Could someone tell me why my children are late talkers??! I am quite the chatterbox! ;)

Nobodys Nothings said...

ah, toddlerese. my husband also give me the WTF look whenever my daughter sidles up to him babbling away. unfortunately, i still don't understand most of what she says- i can pick out a word or two at most. (she'll be 2 next month) she doesn't say "i love you" yet... thanks to her older brother (7) when i say I love you to her, she responds with "eee too".

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

How could I miss this awesome dialog
with those little cuties?
Have a great week
Off to vote!
~B xx

Katie's Dailies said...

My daughter and I went round and round one time when she was a tot about a "dog that got shot" out in the parking lot of our apartment complex. It turns out that she was talking about a dog with SPOTS out in the parking lot!

I love little kid talk! : )

S Club Mama said...

Anthony said that he watched the Waterboy that our older son, Tristan, sounds like the creole. great. but it's true. It's hard deciphering their language!

And we love Lightening McQueen, too. :D

The Boob Nazi said...

I could go through and tell you all about the phonological processes that make these sentences how they are, but I will refrain!

Kristina P. said...

I think you should publish a toddler dictionary.

Myne Whitman said...

I am still laughing, oh my. I tried to guess what they were saying, think I got only 2, lol.

Stefenie said...

It is so comical that we moms are able to translate our kids' foreign language. It cracks me up when people say, "what did he just say?" because I clearly understood it.

Annie said...

Haha, my husband have the same problem with the girls (sometimes understand and others no).

PS: How is Garrett?

Megan said...

AMEN. We are going through the EXACT same thing over in my house. Do your boys get super pissed at you when you don't understand what they're saying?? Cuz mine do. Oy. Sometimes I wish I could fast forward to four years old.

Rebecca said...

Good to hear you're not having an affair with a guy named Dan.

shortmama said...

Yeah I could completely understand most of those!

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I've got a 3-year-old that's speaks the same language. I always feel like a translator.

Jovial Jess said...

A meech-ba-bar! That's good stuff! My 8 month old recently started saying da-da, which my husband can actually understand. But one day the hubby asked me if baby Nate knew he was his dad. (DUH) I told him I seriously doubt it, with the number of men I have running through here. (laughing on the inside) Still love your blog!

Aging Mommy said...

Oh just wonderful, you had me laughing all the way through! I understand 99.9% of what my daughter says now she is three (thank goodness, as when I do get it wrong she is NOT at all happy to say the least!). But my husband still needs about 25% of what she says translated.

Jenny said...

Too cute! LOL about the Dan thing!

Bethany said...

Yep, I understood most of those. I'm not good at languages, except toddler-speak. Haha!

When did I become my Mom said...

Wow I spend lots of time with toddlers clearly. I got most of em! Loved the wite Wite Kween one. :-)

So cute!

LBDDiaries said...

Hey, I do I do wite Wite Da Kween too!! These were just great - brought back some great memories for me since mine is 27 now and only mumbles when I wake him on with the phone. But NO prob! I have his language down just fine after all these years.

D said...

I think I got about half of those. I have the same issues with the boys. Austin had a lot of gibberish I could only make out and the same with Collin.

Dysfunctional Mom said...

I got a lot of it without the translations! Even though my kids speak semi-coherently now. I always had to translate for them, especially my son with the chronic ear infections...ay yi yi!

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

So sweet - Me wuvs joo. That melts my heart.

Erin said...

They are all so cute, and I think I got about 3/4 of them, but the nutrigrain bar totally had me confused. lol!

Twins Squared said...

Those are hilarious! I must be an expert at toddler talk because I think I understood MOST of them. Ashley talks 90 miles an hour and I can only catch bits and pieces but it is so funny! I'm impressed you were actually able to write down whole phrases!

Jenny said...

HAHA that's so cute.

The Lane Family said...

Love , LOve, Love this blog it is so funny and it so cool to write down what kids say, especially toddlers. I know that Jim still wonders some days what our 4 year old says. Let alone the girls :)

Carly said...

Hi Helene, I was just wondering how Garrett is doing. He has been in my thoughts and prayers:)

WhisperingWriter said...

How sweet.

Yes, I generally always get what my daughter is trying to say. Sometimes I have no clue though and pretend like I do.

Creative Junkie said...

*sigh*

When I read these kinds of posts, I miss my kids' baby days so much! Nothing makes I HATE THIS HOUSE, I HATE MY LIFE, YOU'RE THE WORST MOTHER EVER sound cute, kwim?

MamaHen Em said...

I love those sweet little people things...I always had such a hard time correcting them when they mispronounced things because it sounds so stinkin' cute!

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

I know that feeling. I could translate everything my own kids said being as I started out with their foreign language from the beginning and saw them every day. But as for my grandchildren! The two and four year old will rattle on and on while looking right at me and expressively accentuating their sentences and waving their arms. All I hear is bla bla bla. Then their mom has to come translate and has no problem. Do I feel stupid? Uh, yep.

LucidLilith said...

LOL..okay, this could qualify as the new CIA code language.

Mighty M said...

Too bad toddler speak isn't a universal language...if it was they would sell a translator device for all of us confused parents for sure!

P said...

Its pretty the same with my 2.5 yr old. I just wuv it.. and its one the things that makes me NOT want him to grow up. I wish he could stay this way forever.

And yes, I am guilty of talking back in the same language and not correcting... i dont want to growing up too fast ;)

Natalie said...

I love toddler-ese and had a few of the translations down!

L.Michel said...

I must say I only understand your kids when they are cursing. It's gotten to the point that I'm concidering replacing their treats and toys with cigars and whisky! JK GF LOL :P

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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