Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Lizzie's Language

I appreciate the people who ask me how "things are going." There are a lot of things. They always seem to be going. One is Lizzie's language. She used have a very Amharic sounding babble. She still does; now it is sprinkled with English. I was trying to think of what this new language might be called. It is loud. It is repetitive. It echoes anything anyone else says. New English words usually get extra syllables.

I have decided to call it Manglish.

The rest of us are trying to catch up on learning it. I think Zeke is going to be the first to go bilingual. Here are the few words I know:
1. "Sadie dalala dalala da:" Sadie is awake; Sadie is smiling; Sadie is doing something cute
2. "Mama? Mama? Mama? Bizzie dalala dalala da:" Mom? Lizzie is going to do something.
3. "Bizzie side:" Lizzie is going outside.
4. "Mama buna?" Is that Mom's coffee?
5." EMMA! LEVI! ZEKE! GACE! EEI! BIZZIE laka delana nanana:" Lizzie is about to do something and you need to watch me.

Manglish. The mangling of 2 languages into one really cute, intense means of communication.


  1. oh darling:) I remember when my boys were in that "Manglish" phase (some days they still are, even though there six and three)

    God Bless

  2. Love it!! I want to learn it too! :)

  3. I love it that you are sharing your family with us. I check every day to see what's new with the Buttons.

  4. I love your stories and pictures!