Scarlett’s little brother Quentin is already a toddler but this is the first time I talk about him in this blog. I proudly recorded and published every little sound his sister Scarlett produced, with Quentin I have been quiet until now. This is partly the fate of the second born as we all know from photo albums where there are millions of pictures of first borns and hardly any of the second. Partly however it is due to the fact that Quentin’s language production so far has not been very prolific.  Read the rest of this entry »


A few more weeks to go and our summer holidays are about to begin. As every year we will spend a month in Germany, fully immersed into language and culture. A year ago this language boost was bitterly needed as Scarlett had over the year gradually slipped into speaking less and less German to me. This year German has proved much more stable. Read the rest of this entry »

In all the three languages Scarlett is improving steadily. Her level has become so good that we don’t usually notice her progress any more. The times when everybody was over the moon whenever she said something new are over. We sometimes need people who don’t see Scarlett on a daily basis to remind us of her improvements. Read the rest of this entry »

I have many times pointed out that Scarlett’s language skills in English are remarkable. Her passive understanding has always been impressive, her active speaking has improved continuously. Compared to the other two languages, however, English has always been far behind. Read the rest of this entry »

Only two month ago Scarlett’s German was completely pushed aside by Italian. Like a small furry animal in a world of dinosaurs, German only survived in a niche of evening stories. During the day it sometimes peeped out timidly, but then disappeared again when a mighty Italian dinosaur came near.

Now Scarlett wouldn’t even dream of speaking Italian to me. Her German has become fluent again, she is able to express almost everything she wants to say. What has happened? Read the rest of this entry »

Scarlett’s Italian was already good a few months ago, but now it is really flourishing. She is talking like a waterfall, her vocabulary is rich, her sentences are long and detailed. It is easy for me to monitor her progress in Italian as she even speaks Italian to me (which obviously is a bit disappointing). I continue speaking German, she perfectly understands, but struggles to say things herself. It seems as if all her thoughts and experiences are stored in Italian. Read the rest of this entry »

Scarlett is now three years old and Italian has clearly become her strongest language. She uses present and past tense, speaks fluently and has a good vocabulary. Read the rest of this entry »

On 5th September Scarlett’s little brother Quentin was born. We are all over the moon and also Scarlett has taken her little brother to her heart immediately. There are millions of beautiful stories to tell but in this blog I will only talk about the linguistic impact of the new arrival. Read the rest of this entry »

Scarlett’s active vocabulary keeps growing in all the three languages. She usually knows the right word for an object in more than one language. Read the rest of this entry »

In her exploration of the vast country of language Scarlett has now discovered the verbs. We hear them in all shades and colours, in English, Italian and German, in combination with subjects, objects and both, sometimes grammatically correct and sometimes incorrect. Read the rest of this entry »

Scarlett is now using two- and three-word-structures more frequently. When she sees a blue crayon on top of the table, she says “Papa, blau oben” (German for “Daddy, blue up”). Read the rest of this entry »

Scarly’s passive vocabulary has grown at the speed of light. Read the rest of this entry »

Having worked for many years as a scientific assistant at uni, I thought I would monitor my little girls language progress with scientific accuracy. The idea was to keep a kind of diary in which I keep record of every single word she says. Little Scarlett has brought me back to earth, I had to accept that it is not easy to be a hobby scientist in between nappy changing and reading fairy tales.

Anyway here is a (maybe incomplete) list that I made when Scarly was 21 month old. This was her active vocabulary: Read the rest of this entry »

Scarlett started walking at 14 months and since then has set out to explore the world. With this unlimited energy of children she runs up and down and to and fro all day long. Scarly is a curious and observing kid and her motorical skills have improved enormously. She is definitely not a baby any more but a cute little toddler.

Her understanding of what is happening around her has improved tremendously, both on a conceptional and a linguistic level. She understands a great deal of what we say to her. Read the rest of this entry »

Scarlett speaks. A month ago she said her first words. Read the rest of this entry »

Scarlett was born on 22nd January 2008. Little does she know she is supposed to be trilingual in a few years’ time. Read the rest of this entry »

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