Daddy has a fly

Read this in Dutch – Read this in Italian “Look mommy, my brother has a beard”, my daughter said. We were eating yoghurt and her brother had yoghurt all over his face. She wanted to know who else we knew with beards, so I told her that she has one grandfather with a beard, and […]

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Italian bimbo

Read this in Dutch – Read this in Italian This weekend, we went on a trip with a large group of Dutch family. We don’t see these people very often, so every once in a while we need to explain some of the Italian words our children use. Especially in the case of one of Samuels […]

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Not here but still close to us

Italiano – Dutch In this blogpost, I stated that I expected my sons first two-word-sentence to be ‘mamma auto‘. This week, somewhat earlier than expected, he decided that he wanted to go with ‘nonno Talia’ (grandpa Italy). He was holding my smartphone and with these two simple words he told me he wanted to see […]

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One magic word

Yesterday, my son (1,5) said ‘sì’ for the first time. Finally! It’s probably no surprise he already said ‘no‘ and ‘nee‘ for a while. We also managed to get him to say ‘ja’ with a lot of applause. So, now we’re complete. Still, he has a huge preference for any variation of the word ‘no’. […]

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From one language to the other

“Mama, are there any ‘zanzare’ here?”, my daughter asked when we were at the beach a couple of weeks ago. “No, there are no mosquitos here”, I said. “Oh, OK, but I see there are ‘formiche’”, she said – pointing at some ants marching across the sand. Code-switching: switching between two languages during a conversation […]

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