Ida's bilingual child recordings speaking English.
These twins, Alexia and Valeria, are Spanish and live in Spain. The child's parents are both Spanish but her mother, Ida, speaks English to her child at home.
My personal opinion is that the level of English of these children is really quite extraordinary.
Driving to a shopping centre. This is the conversation that took place:
Valeria: “Alexia is not stopping, Mama (Se queja porque quiere cantar ella sola y su hermana no para de cantar)
Me: Alexia doesn’t stop singing the song
Valeria: Yes, It’s too difficult like this
Me: It’s too difficult to sing when tata is singing at the same time
Me: We have arrive to the mall, what do you want to buy? Do you need something for home?
Valeria: I need Frankfurt
Me: You don’t need anything more? Only frankfurts?
Valeria: and Pizza and pumpkin
Me: A pumpkin?
Alexia: No, tenemos pumpkin en casa
Me: We have pumpkin
Valeria: No, the another pumpkin is for you
Me: ahh, you want to buy a pumpkin for me, now?
Me: For Halloween?
Valeria: Yes, for you Mama and for Papa
Me: and what can we put inside the pumpkin?
Valeria: a candle!
Me: Yeees, a candle
Alexia: Sii para que se vea
Me: To see the light inside the pumpkin
Alexia: sino, no se ve
Valeria: si es de juguete
Me: It’s a toy pumpkin? No, it’s a real pumpkin, Papa peeled it the other day and put the candle inside, remember?
Valeria: That candle is of a juguete
Me: It’s a toy candle
Me: and if you put the finger inside, What could happen?
Valeria: I burn and make pupa
Me: You can burn, what?
Valeria: My finger and my mouth, and here mama, and here…
Me: In your knee? In so many parts of your body you can burn…
Alexia: Y en la cara…
Putting stickers on the wall of their new bedroom:
Me: who break that one?
Alexia: sorry mama, estaba intentando hacer, despegando
Valeria: Can you give it to me? that one, Can you give it that one to me, please?
Alexia: I must be careful, ok, mama, please?
Valeria: mama I ‘ve got a star in my finger
Me: you’ve got a star, Ok, le’ts put it in here
Alexia: I must be careful,
Me: Give me more stars
Alexia: No, coge esta
Me: This is the tree and mama is going to put the tree on the wall
Valeria: Ohh careful mama, ok?
More stickers on the wall!
Valeria: We need to put all of them, we need to put all of them because we need to ….… a little bit
Alexia: but I need to help you, corre tata, tus pegatinas, corre
Valeria: Qué vas a hacer?
Alexia: In the sky, please in the sky, please here.
Valeria: Pega that one
Alexia: be careful tata
Me: nooo, don’t take this sticker because it’s really big and I’m sure you are going to break it, mama do it
Alexia: yes, of course, I’m going to be careful, ok mama?
Me: You must take really care, I don’t what you to break it, ehhh Alexia, don’t do that, take one star
(Fights break out!…)
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