Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I want my baby to be a Polyglot. He already counts to ten and has a small, but growing vocabulary in German. The English part, he's already got that down. Its fascinating to watch him string together a five word sentence, complete with Proper nouns, adjectives, action words and anything else he feels like throwing in to impress us.
But I also don't want him to be introverted and weird - antisocial traits many Polyglots possess. If you didn't know, I speak/read three languages - two of them fluently. I guess only two languages is fine but how interesting would it be for my little guy to conquer the world, one language at a time? Many of the careers I desired when leaving college and law school gave multi-lingual applicants preference - presumably for their ability to (literally) speak to a global audience.
I won't push the Polyglotamy (is that a word?) but I will continue to teach him German with the hope that learning a second language will impart with him the same zeal for diving feet-first into other cultures that it has imbued in me.
For now, I leave you with a flawlessly performed version of the English-language "Old MacDonald" by Baby D. Try to follow along as he turns the pages and reads the lyrics from the book.