Friday, December 01, 2006

It's all in the intonation

I often used to wonder at parents who could make sense of their young children's speech when I could make no sense of it at all. But recently I discovered that I can understand what Oliver is saying just from his intonation and the context in which he is intoning!

We've been teaching him to say little things such as "yes please", "no thank you", "night night" and (Hayley's favourite) "love you!". Although the syllables that come out of his mouth are often some way from the real words, there is no mistaking the sing-sing intonation of his "yes please" or his "love you". It is so sweet.

His innocence and just overwhelming adorability really comes through. Well, it does to his totally biassed parents anyway.