Posted by: twobigyellowcranes | 9 February 08

‘Are you going down the town?’

K is 21 months old and her speech is excellent – very clear. However, she has started to say the word ‘down’ in quite a strong Belfast accent (it is the only one). I am proud for reasons I cannot myself understand and have high hopes she may prove to be the next Juliet Turner, delighting people while singing in a strong Norn Iron accent (not a culchie one mind).

She was asked this week what her name was by a woman in M&S. She replied not with her actual name as her mother would like, but with ‘Chops’ as I call her. She couldn’t wait to tell me that night about the incident, saying a ‘lady’ had ‘laughed – ho, ho, ho’ beacuse she was ‘funny’. Apparently, by telling her that her name is ‘Chops”, her feet smell of ‘cheese’ and by encouraging her to blow ‘raspberries’ I am storing up problems for another day. So be it – she is not yet two and it all makes her laugh and it is hard to describe how good that makes me feel.

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  1. She sounds VERY cute.
    We, on the other hand are giving our almost 4 year old intensive ‘How to speak Norn Iron’ lessons. He has a seriously mucked up accent after 2 years in Vancouver. He keeps correcting our vowel sounds so I’m guessing humilition at the hands of his P1 classmates come September will be his best teacher.


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