Wednesday, October 28, 2009

she's been holding out on us . . .

I've mentioned on a number of occasions, that Sofia has given us the impression that she no longer understands much Russian. In fact, she has emphatically denied that she can speak Russian.

I remember back when she had only been with us a couple months and she boldly proclaimed (in Swedish, but translated here), "Sofia talks Swedish. Russian is finished." (Gosh, that brings me back . . . to when she used to talk about herself in the 3rd person;)

Anyways . . . over the months there have been times when we've heard Russian - on TV, on the internet, at ToysRUs, etc. She recognizes the language, but when we ask what they said, she always says, "I don't know."

Today, she was playing with her Chebourashka stuffie (she had found him in the closet where, apparently, he'd been hiding out for awhile) who happens to speak Russian.
Stefan and I have always known that he's counting in one of the phrases and at one point he says , "I love (?something?)". I've been assuming he says "I love you."

So, she tells us to shush, and then she says, "Did you hear that? He asked if you want to be his friend?" Then she went on, with encouragement, to tell us some of the other things he says. She needed to listen carefully, but she seemed to know most.

I think it's so amazing now that she wants to teach us Russian words, and she seems to take pride in the fact that she knows the language. She has shown interest in attending a play group for Russian-speaking children - I still have to find out if she's allowed to attend even if her parents don't speak Russian:-)

Turns out Chebourashka loves milk.


carolinagirl said...

Wow! That is really cool! We have the same doll! Our translator in St Petersburg bought it for Emma. Her face lights up when I press the button and the little doll talks! It really is sad since she NEVER hears Russian otherwise!

Kristine said...

Very cool. I love that she can speak and understand 3 languages. That is so wonderful. She has grown so much while she has been with you and it is great to hear about the bond that is being built between you. She is very smart!

I miss hearing from you on a daily basis on the Stones blog..I hope that Ondrea can whip out this study so that we can talk regularly again.


Mom on a Mission said...

Oh my goodness... can you believe it... that's so neat. I hope they let her attend the play group, I think it would be amazing if my kids could have kept their language. Of course there was no way because there was no one to speak it to them, but Sofia has a shot at being tri-lingual. How cool is that? I just wish I could be bilingual... English is a handicap when it keeps you from learning another language out of laziness! :) Clearly, I'm talking about myself here, not Sofia... I should have learned Spanish.

Amy said...

I have the same stuffie -- but a little different. He likes oranges I think (he holds one!). I love that she's taking some pride and showing you... very cool Sophia!

kate said...

It sounds like she's comfortable enough now to start remembering--and that she feels safe enough with you that she *can*. It's a big deal. BIG!

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