Northerner or Southerner?

Our growing-too-fast-three-year-old continues to keep us smiling as she is comprehending the world around her and speaks out. You can tell the influences that she has around her because when she speaks Chinese she speaks it like a Northerner and when she speaks English she sounds like a Southerner. Everyone once and awhile she just mixes the two languages together and uses them interchangeably. Now she takes Chinese classes to help progress her Chinese and she is doing very well.

There are still a few English words that she still says in her own way, see if you can figure these out:

  1. specklies
  2. alligator
  3. pack pack
  4. hot hogs
  5. dirthday
  6. wife
  7. chetchup
  8. loading down
  9. broclits

Here is what she means:

  1. Spaghetti
  2. Elevator
  3. Backpack
  4. Hotdogs
  5. Birthday
  6. Tie
  7. Ketchup
  8. Downloading
  9. Broccoli

3 thoughts on “Northerner or Southerner?

  1. ajs

    I suppose the relationship between #6 (wife and tie) might be 太太 (taitai), the Chinese word for “wife” that sounds like “tie”?

    1. Mark (China Ramblings!) Post author

      Good guess, AJS, but that isn’t why. For some reason on a Sunday morning when I was tying my tie, I was also trying to teach her that “mommy” was my “wife”….that got interpreted in her mind that the thing around my neck is called a “wife”. lol.


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