Yesterday was like any other morning, I woke up early and made coffee while Beli and my husband slept. Caught up on some reading, blogs, etc. Then Beli woke up and wanted to draw, one of her favorite activities, so I sat next to her and drew a frog and said, "See, this is zaba (frog in Croatian) and it says , ree-bit-ree-bit. She looked at me and smiled. A few minutes later my husband woke up and walked into the living room just as Beli screamed, "JEBE, JEBE."
He looked at me and said, "You know she just cursed?" Surprised, I asked, "Why do you say that?" I mean, all I taught her was the sound a frog makes. Right? "Beli, tell daddy how a frog goes ree-bit-ree-bit, and she repeated, "Jebe, jebe." Here's the thing, she's only 21 months old and can't pronounce the R sound just yet.
My husband leaned in and whispered, "She said the words. f-*-*-k. f-*-*-k." I burst out laughing. "REALLY?! You mean I just taught my daughter how to curse in Croatian?" It was hilarious, I guess that's what happens when your child is learning 3 languages at once; Spanish, English and Croatian.
Thinking this through, I quickly made a minor adjustment to the frog and I'm confident frogs everywhere will forgive me, but I now told her frogs went, "Kreek-Kreek." And she repeated right after me, "Kee-kee," but then followed up with, "Jebe, jebe." Maybe we should all just forget about frogs and focus on another animal, how about a rooster?