Friday, January 22, 2010

The Frog Curses

I had not planned on teaching my 21-month old daughter how to curse. What kind of role model would I be? I don't even curse! Blame the frog, it only wanted to be heard. REE-BIT.

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?

17 comments:

  1. "That is so FUNNY! Sofia doesn't even talk, but I am waiting for those kind of days soon."

    L.

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  2. Me encanto la historia, tambien mi nino esta por las mismas, pero el si repitio una palabra en español!

    Moni

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  3. Lo que aun nos falta por aprender!

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  4. LOL, that is so funny! Three languages, you've got to give the little girl credit - and a break when something somewhere gets a little mixed up ;-))

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  7. Ulrike, yes it is quite comical when my hubby says a word in Croatian and I say what did you say because that really sounded like a bad word in spanish. Like you said she is learning 3 languages and from time to time you will get them mixed up. Even a few days later I asked her what sound the frog made and she responded with the same phrase. But I just think it is just hilarious (not the fact that she is "cussing" but because my husband thinks she is)LOL

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  8. oh that is just too funny.now I got to check on my little ones.....cris

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  9. Cris, how are R and D?? and Clifford??LOL

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  10. OMG! you are hilarious! sister, this is the funniest thing I have read in a long time. And what an innocent and funny thing! I love it. You, Beli and Davor are outrageous!

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  11. We make quite the team right?

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  12. Holly WhalenFebruary 01, 2010

    ahahahah that is HILARIOUS!! Yeah I can only imagine the confusion with trying to teach 3 languages! She is so precious though!

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  13. Hi Holly!
    I can't wait for the day when she is older and I will be able to tell her this story.

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  14. Oh... That was totally innocent! I doubt Beli will remember it when she grows up. Unless you remind her of it, hehehe.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hello! I really appreciate it.

    -Juanita

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  15. Juanita, I will probably have forgotten too! they way my mind runs now after having a kid, I tend to forget easily.

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  16. When I need a good laugh..I know where to find it!

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