Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A 20 Minute Conversation I Didn't Understand

I just had a 20 minute conversation with Ari. I have no idea what we just talked about. He was going on and on about something, but I could only understand about 15% of what he was saying.

I grabbed bits and pieces of things here and there. He said:
"Blah ba dee blah --- baby---- blah de boop bopp--- boy ---blah wee boop--- Dada woo woo (dog).

I replied:
"Uh if I'm understanding you correctly, today you saw a boy, three babies, and you asked daddy to draw a dog and he did?"
He replied
"Dee!" (Yes).

But then he went on and on in "Ari-ese" (his own language) babbling in an indecipherable manner.

It's really difficult to understand what he's saying. Am I slow? Is there something wrong with my hearing? Is he actually talking and I'm not catching it? Is he developmentally delayed? Should he be talking already with real words? Thoughts?

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  1. Don't worry about it. I can't understand half of what Z says either.

  2. Sounds pretty normal to me! (Of course, I STILL don't understand what my kids are talking about half the time!)

  3. Cordy- Good to know! But I feel like Z is VERY clear. She indicates what she wants. Sometimes Ari is asking for something and I have no idea what he wants. Also he tells me "stories" and I don't know what they're about.

    Jack- Coming from dad of three, this is very comforting. :). Thanks. I was beginning to think there was something wrong. Also you have two boys. Did they talk less than Dina did?

  4. How old is he? My son has a speech delay and I noticed it when he was about 2 and the other kids were talking so much better then him. But I also know of kids who were slow with talking and by 2.5 they were totally where they should be. So it can be hard to tell when they are young.

  5. Julie, he will be 2 in May. So maybe it's normal? I'm not sure?

  6. You know, I feel the same way about half the high school kids I talk to and a quarter of the teachers. My sister Christine didn't say anything coherent until the age of 3 and the school speech therapist thought she might have a delay. But by 5 she wouldn't shut up. Turns out she was just a little shy.

  7. I think that my students understand about 15% of what I say. I keep asking them if they understand but they just blink at me. One of my fellow teachers told me he has them vote and who ever doesn't put up their hand he assumes doesn't understand but when he questions them, they still just blink. Perhaps that is how they communicate. Hmmm...

  8. Donna- These kids today and their slang. Who knows what the heck they're talking about. Ah Christine, she's a timid Aries. Good to know though.

    Josina- HA HA HA! That's hilarious. I can imagine the blinking. A vote is a brilliant idea! Maybe the blinking is like an evolved version of high school student sign language! HSBL (High School Blinking Language)


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