Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Conversation With A Girl With Limited Vocabulary
Since Zara wasn't feeling well, I was working from home on Monday and Tuesday so I can keep an eye on Zara, and if required, can immediately bring her to the Dr's. This mean I get to spend more time with her. Her are some limited 'conversation' I have with her. Morning I walked downstairs, where she was playing Zara : *look up and smile* Me : Hello Zara! Zara : *point to the TV* Poot Me : *pretend* Put what? Zara : *point to the TV, and that 'don't-be-stupid-you-must-understand-me' look* Poot! Poot! Me : Oh, you want mummy to put the Wheels in The Bus for you is it? Zara : *point her index finger to her other palm* (now she used this not just to sign MORE but also for WANT) Milk time I came down from the study Me : Zara you want milk milk? Zara : *put down what she was playing, came to me* Kng Me : *looked at her quizzically* Do you want milk milk? Zara : Kng Tuyam (maid) : Itu dia sedang cakap dia mau susu (She's saying she wants milk) Me : *scratched head, but anyway placed her on my lap* Ok, milk milk then. Zara : Kng *then sucked her thumb* (an indication she wanted milk before she use this Kng word) I laid her down, and nursed her. I have absolutely no idea how 'Kng' symbolises milk. Lunch time Me : Zara, mummy wants to go out to buy lunch, you want to come Zara : *ignore me and continue playing with her toy* Me : Zara, you don't want to go kai kai? (go out in Cantonese) Zara : *looked up, grinning* Tai Tai! Me : *patted the infant carrier seat* Let's go then. After mummy let Zara drive car car ok? Zara : *walked to the infant carrier, while waving her hand in the air* Oooo Oooo Ooo Ooo (her way of relating to car) Evening She spotted me coming down from ths stairs Zara : *pointed to the door* Park! Me : *asking the obvious* Zara wants to go to the park? Zara : *wobbled towards the door, still pointing* Park! Me : Raining outside, cannot go to the park Zara : *Still pointing outside* Park! I carried her and showed her the pouring rain Me : It's raining outside, we cannot go to the park, after you will get wet Not sure if she understood what I was saying but she willingly let me lead her back to her pile of toys Night 1 Zara climbed up to the stairs, reached for her pair of new shoes (which are still too big for her) resting on the steps Zara : *put the shoes near her feet, and looked at me* Hok Hok Me : Ok, mummy put on your shoe for you, then you can go walk walk I put on her pair of shoes for her Zara : *grinning* Hok Hok! Hok Hok *walked around in the oversized shoes* Night 2 Sat on the sofa with Zara. She stood up, and went to the edge, where the arm rest is. Zara : *clapped her hands* Hong! Me : Yeah, you go there, after you Bong! and fall down Zara dangled one of her feet outside of the arm rest, and grinned at me Me : *point my finger at her* No, no! Go there after you fall down! Zara pointed her finger back at me and reached her foot out further Me : You naughty huh? After mummy beat beat you! Zara : *beat her own thigh* Umph! Cheeky little girl she is!