Usually when stranger try to talk to Yvette, I will be assisting her. I am helping her not because she doesn’t understand but she is too shy to talk to them. (I am sure it is not surprising that our tots are wary of stranger right.)
We been teaching some basic conversation since she started to talk (as in proper sentences) when she turned 20 months.
D has been very active in teaching her:
What is your name?
How are you?
How old are you?
I teach the above in Mandarin.
Today, she surprised me. She actually started a conversation with a stranger out of her own accord.
*In the lift (we are heading JGC) and an old lady walked in*
She goes: Hello
Stranger (An old Malay lady): Hello
Stranger: What is your name?
Stranger: How old are you?
Yvette: I am 2 years old.
Stranger: Where are you going?
Yvette: Go to School
We have never taught her “Go to School.” (Though I refer JGC as school.) The old lady was impressed and she even praised Yvette for her ability to communicate. (She did check with me how old is Yvette now.)
I am sure D will be very proud of this when I tell him tonight.