Language Lessons

My sister wrote this lovely little piece about Jolie, and I had to share it. P.s. Jolie ran to the door after she left today saying “Amee Amee!”


language lessons


I love language. I think words are fascinating – how they are formed, how they can hold multiple meanings, even the sounds they form.

Which is why I love watching my 14 month old niece learn to speak. The words she has accumulated are hers. When she speaks, her words hold so much meaning. Her pronunciation reveals why she has learned the word.

Her first word is one of her absolute favorite things: “baby.” Pretty much anyone under the age of 6 is “baby.” Her reflection in a mirror or pictures of her on my phone are “baby.” The several dolls she has are “baby.”

She loves her “mama” and “dada.” You can hear it when she speaks. When she says “mama,” it’s so full of love, and “dada” is said with utter joy and excitement.

Fruit falls under one name, apple, which she amazingly pronounces as “app.” Steve…

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