Grace has been showing us more and more lately that she understands two languages. For most things, she can only say one of the words (the one that is easier to pronounce), but she definitely understands both versions. Yesterday she said her first word in both languages. I was asking her about the baby she saw at the park (she was in love with this little six month old at the playground). She said "baby!" and then looked at SJ and said "agi!" That was very exciting. Both baby and agi are easy to pronounce, so not a surprise that that was her first. Well, she can also say "dog" and "mung mung"...sort of correct. I think the decision to put her in daycare was also good for her language development. She picks up a lot of Korean there and spends the rest of the time with me speaking English, so her exposure is pretty balanced right now.
I had a strange conversation with a woman at the doctor's the other day. I ran into this Korean woman there before. She started talking to me because her six-month-old son is also a mixed baby (French father). She said that her son will be trilingual. I said, yes, that would be fantastic, go for it. She asked about Grace and her language and I said she's learning both Korean and English and we're just talking to her in both languages. She said that she has decided to teach her son Korean first because that is the harder language. I just did the "smile and nod" because I don't know her at all and it was almost our turn to see the doctor. I guess it didn't occur to her that no language is really hard for a baby. I haven't done any in-depth research on the subject, but it seems everyone knows that babies can pick up two or even more languages with proper exposure. Hopefully she'll rethink that decision.
In other news, I'm writing the last bit for the teacher's guide I've been working on. Just a few more unit tests and then some unit revisions. It will be nice to get this one done.