julla, at 2 years old, is learning to communicate everyday. nowadays we are able to understand her better and the frustration of trying to make us comprehend her babbles has become less and less. here are some of her recent memorable words...
try calling her over the phone one of these days and you'd sure get a kick out of the conversation.
A'MAN - ako naman (tagalog); it's my turn (english)
she understands the concept of taking turns with her brother. that's why she knows when it's time for her to go on the rocking chair, swing on her dad's arms, slide on my legs...after her brother
ABO - takbo (tagalog); run (english)
she doesn't run a lot. in fact, whenever outside, she'd rather be carried by her tita. but when she feels like it, she can run real fast for her age.
ANIG - makinig (tagalog); listen to me (english)
she's becoming quite a story-teller these days. and she demands that you "anig" to her or she will bug you.
ATAY (ah-tay rhymes with WHY) - patay (tagalog); dead (english)
this started when we acquired a fish tank 2 months ago. first we had a dozen guppies that died one by one in a week. so hubby bought yellow mollies. everyday, julla voluntarily feeds the mollies until one day, she found one of them, again, "atay."
AYA (ah-yah) - kuya (tagalog); older brother (english)
ALO (ah-loh) - migo (her brother's name)
several names she calls her older brother
EPEK (eh-pek) - tapik (tagalog); pat (english)
whenever she is ready to go to sleep, she lies on her tummy or sideways and asks me or her dad or her tita or her AYA (but usually me) to "tapik" her round behind
EPER - paper
EESIL - pencil
one of her and her brother's favorite pastimes is drawing
'EMPTR - computer
my gaddd! she just pushed the power button of the cpu!
EYE! EYE! EYE! - yes, her eyes
she says this repetitively, whenever we turn the lights out at bedtime. she seems to mean that her eyes can't see in the darkness so we're compelled to turn the lights back on
IKYOU - thank you
she's good at this
'NDE HA - sandali ha (tagalog); wait for a while (english)
this is usually with matching wave of the hand, palms out and the cutest facial expression in the world, that you would be more than willing to wait for her, however long it takes
SOWI - sorry
she says this while she touches your face....awwwww...she's so adorable!! "ok, ok i forgive you"
TATA (tah-tah) - tita; auntie
recently, she is able to pronounce "tita" perfectly
TAT - cat
i think this is her favorite animal coz she screams in delight whenever she sees strays around our building
ONE, TWO, TEA..... PURR, PIED, XIX, EBEN, EYT, NAYN, TEN!
yes, she can count! usually up to three. but up to ten, when prodded.
words that need no explanation:
pish - fish
doos - juice
bang bang - gun
pupu - yes, her or anybody else's poop
slip - sleep
atyat - go up
welet - wallet
bug - bag
aten yaan - that's mine
epun - electric fan
alaw - light
harap - face here
dito - here
agat - bite
dede - milk
mama - my mom; her grandma
papa - my dad; her grandpa
ama - my ima; her grand-ima
ninong / ninang - her godparents