My children’s caregiver is such a blessing to us. Aside from looking after the kids, she also does all around work (laundry, housekeeping, etc). She is also an excellent cook. I think I’ve mentioned her natural talent in some of my entries. Anyways, just recently, she was making kwento about my daughter, Julia. She told me that she learns to speak English from her. I replied that it was good, at least now both of them can actually converse.
Yaya Rose would sometimes peak through Julia’s books and attempt to mimick my daughter’s intonations. I admire her efforts to learn. It seems, too that the kids also take delight in sharing their knowledge. I can hear my son “correct” Yaya of her grammar or pronunciation. Here is a funny but enlightening instance:
(One evening in the room with me, the kids and yaya…..)
- Yaya : Julia, come… let’s watch your book (she actually meant “read”)
- Kobe : Read, not watch, ate Rose
(After two hours)
- Yaya : Kobe… Julia “free”
- Kobe : What, ate Rose? What’s free?
(all the while I was just listening to the conversation)
- Yaya : (acting exhasperated… ) you know, dapat every night Julia and you must “free” before sleeping
- Julia : pray…
- Kobe : Pray, ate Rose not “free”. pagsinabi mo “free” it means libre or out of prison
(I couldn’t hide a chuckle…I was laughing. When I regained composure, I acknowledged her efforts and encouraged her to practice a little more)
Well, there is a marked improvement already. Yaya can not only speak but her pronunciation is better.