Words are tumbling out of little Mausi’s mouth…but they do all seem to be English! And I must admit, at times I find myself sliding more and more into English as I speak to her. English is by far the more comfortable language for me to speak, and I am much more expressive in it. But I do try and bring myself back to German, especially when it is just the two of us reading a book together. Her understanding of German is really impressive, and surprises me at times as it is masked by the English she speaks.
I asked her the following the other evening as we were sitting on the couch with a book:
“Bist du kalt? Brauchst du eine Decke?” Are you cold? Do you need a blanket?
To which Mausi replied, without missing a beat:
It reinforced for me that it really isn’t all in vane, and that even the bit of German I give her seems to stick.
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