Learning Letters, English and Portugues
My daughter is starting to say her ABC's. Not in that order though. Since she is bi-lingual I was concerned that it might take longer for her to learn her ABC's in both languages, Portuguese and English.
It amazes me though how she learns when we are not paying attention. The other day she said the letter "U" while reading a book. Where did she learn that? We as parents aren't that far into the alphabet just yet. She doesn't watch Sesame street any longer (for over 6 months). She does have a little toy with the alphabet on it and when she presses a letter the toy says the sound of the letter. Maybe she learned to say the letter "U" with this toy, but I doubt that is the case since she doesn't play with the toy much.
We are going to be spending time in Brasil in a few weeks and I am hoping that she will pick up more portuguese there. She is just now getting to the point where she says things in english by choice, maybe because she made that connection of what that phrase meant or maybe because it is easier vocally to say it in english. The english phrase she is saying a lot these days is "let's go". She learned that from Dora The Explorer. In portuguese we say "vamos" which is much short and easier to say, in my opionion. Maybe "let's go" is more fun as Dora always says it in a excited voice with much ambition to go do something fun. Stela, my daughter, says "let's go" in similar fashion.
In about a year's time I imagine her language skills will be close to everyone else her age. That will be an exciting time, to finally understand what she is communicating, as for now we understand her 60% of the time.