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Hi, my daughter is 20 months and spends her days with a caregiver from Argentina. My little one is learning Spanish and I think that's really great except I don't understand what she's saying sometimes. This morning she is saying something that sounds like "ee-ay-ga". Does anyone have any ideas as to what she's saying to me'

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updated DIC 26, 2008
posted by Sherri

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Is there something that causes her to say "ee-ay-ga" as a response? In other words, is it just something random that she says, or is it meant to be a response to a question or action'

updated DIC 26, 2008
posted by Nathaniel
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I would suggest handing the caregiver pencil and paper while making a "questioning" face and saying "ee-ay-ga" in the hope that she will write something recognizably Spanish.

updated DIC 25, 2008
posted by samdie
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I really wish I could help you on this. Does the caregiver speak enough English to help you figure it out?

I have several friends that grew up in bi-lingual homes, and they seem to have no trouble separating the two languages. I've often wondered if their internal thoughts are in one or the other of the languages, or if those thoughts are a mix. I have a friend who grew up speaking Portuguese, French, Spanish and Italian. He's from Brasil and has family members from places where all those languages are spoken. It doesn't seem to be a problem at all. His wife is also multilingual.

updated DIC 25, 2008
posted by CalvoViejo
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no sorry. that's all she's giving me. i know that she can say this word that means "fooling around". could that be it'

updated DIC 25, 2008
posted by Sherri
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Can you be more explicit to what she is saying? "ee-ay-ga" may mean anything.

updated DIC 25, 2008
posted by pisacaballo