Chinglish

One of the things I’m enjoying about watching Macy grow up as a TCK (third-culture kid)* is that she is soaking up two languages at the same time.  English, of course, will be her heart language since it’s what she speaks at home, but it’s fun to hear her (after only a week and a half back) trying out lots of new words.

One of her favorites right now is “nangua” which means pumpkin.  For some reason, my child has decided that pumpkin is the food to eat.  She eats it for lunch and then wants it again when she wakes up in the morning for breakfast.  Very strange, I know, but she is growing up with a dad who will eat just about anything for breakfast.

Me – Macy, what do you want for breakfast?

Macy – Rice.

Me – Well, I have oatmeal.  Do you want oatmeal?  With banana?

Macy – Nangua.

Me – Seriously? (ok, not really, but that’s what I was thinking)

The next day…

Me – Macy, what do you want to eat for breakfast?

Macy – Chinese food.

Me – Oatmeal? Banana?

Macy – Chinese food.

Oh, the joy of having a toddler.  At least they can express themselves, right?

*If you have no idea what I’m talking about when I say “third-culture kid”, it means a child who grows up not quite in their home country culture, not quite in their host country culture, but in their own “third-culture”.  It’s a very interesting concept; people have actually written books about it.

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2 thoughts on “Chinglish

  1. Thank you for explaining the third-culture thing. I kinda thought that’s the idea, but wasn’t sure. I’m loving your stories on FB! I can’t believe you’re already back there.
    Praying for yall, especially when I see your blog stories posted. It’s a great reminder!!!
    Liz Belinoski

  2. heehee… silly Macy! of all the things i missed about eating east side food, i gotta say pumpkin wasn’t on the list. although jarod has sense perfected from scratch pumpkin pie… so it might make the list next time we’re on the west side! 😉

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