Cross-cultural studies are regular academic fare at our house. So much so, we consider ourselves multi-cultural. That is, if you consider a toddler living with two adults culture blending. Which we do. Our home is a case study in a family made of people from the same ethnicity, yet somehow, different cultures.
Any time you’re doing any kind of anthropological research, or just trying to connect with “the locals”, the first thing to know is the language. If you come to our house, you might discover some of the tribe is less than hospitable, so it sure helps to know the lingo to improve communication and ease frustration.
Amazingly, some of the language is a true cognate, like “Mom” in English and “Mom” in Toddler. However, you might not guess that in Toddler, “Raisin” is pronounced “Fruhfen”. If you were asked to retrieve “Fruhfens” from the cabinet, you would be confused. Until now.
Below is a helpful translation tool to assist you in speaking Toddler wherever you go. This dictionary is by no means comprehensive, but it will certainly get you started. [Please note: Toddler comes in varying dialects. You may need to relearn the new dialect any time you are introduced to a new person of the small variety. Sorry.]
Dad Dad or Josh (interchangeable)
John John (although until a few nights ago, he called himself “Non”. The day he learned his name was priceless.)
Curious George Gerge
Hot dog Hot gog
Ice cream I-keem
Places and things:
Train Choo choo chain
TV show Show
Exclamations, requests and states of being:
Thank you Tatoo
Love you Wuv woo
Jees, Wuv woo. Amen.
What are you favorite words in Toddler? Share them with me below. I love to laugh. 🙂