Friday, 20 February 2009

pne: A picture of a plush toy, halfway between a duck and a platypus, with a green body and a yellow bill and feet. (Default)

Amy, on opening a Kinder egg: "Look! I've got a slimp!"

She meant a smurf, but kudos to her for deriving a word based on the German Schlumpf, Schlümpfe based on the regular pf = p (as in Apfel/apple, Pfennig/penny, hüpfen/hop, etc.) and schl- = sl- (as in schlafen/sleep) correspondences.

I'm not sure where the vowel came from; I can't think of a regular correspondence so perhaps she simply took the vowel of the German plural and unrounded it, since English has no front rounded vowels.

Jana

Friday, 20 February 2009 16:41
pne: A picture of a plush toy, halfway between a duck and a platypus, with a green body and a yellow bill and feet. (Default)

Jana is over right now, and by herself for the first time: her mother went home for a bit and Amy is over at Erik's to play.

I was upstairs with her just now, and spoke to her in English while Stella spoke to her in German. And she even spoke English back to me a couple of times! She said "f'ower" and "bicey" (= bicycle) after hearing both words from me several times. So whee :)

And she's a right little chatterbox in German. Her most common words being "Heia" and "Lulli" (= Schnulli), since she loves playing with dolls and, apparently, they have to sleep a lot with a dummy in their mouths.

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