14.6.11

hand motions

First she knew UP!, then Kiss Kiss came along pretty quick. Then nothing much for a while. People had been trying to teach her to clap since around 6 months or so (why? I dunno, it's not even on the 'typical' chart til later...) which resulted in Nava demanding others clap For Her. And I mean demand. Pity the poor parent who came home and just wanted to cuddle and maybe tickle a little...

Nava ended up getting clapping down somewhere over Hawaii on our way to the US in April. We were doing it as an inflight game. She knew it in Lao and English simultaneously. Oh how I'd love to be able to see exactly how brains learn, much less bilingually, much less with different chromosome line ups...

We then moved on to Bye Bye and Tuu. Tuu? Tuu is the word in Lao for the traditional hand gesture of hello, thanks, respect. In Thai, it's a Wai. You place your palms (fingers up and together) together in front of your chest or face (depending on the respect level indicated, higher = better). Not an elbows out Indian style thing though.

We've been at these for a month. Progress? Nava claps when you say Bye Bye ;) Very cute and shows she knows we're trying to teach her something but she doesn't yet clearly discriminate between the two things. So we keep on.

Sometime in the last week (or two?), Nava's nanny Noi started doing High Five. Check it out:




Learning is non linear. Must remember that. Now if we could get going on signing...

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