Speaking a second language will get you places these days. It can get you a job in Google, in Facebook and even in Ebay. The sky’s the limit.
I have recently learned a second language. It’s not German, it’s not French and it ain’t Spanish. It’s known as the Language of Aidan and it was pretty difficult at first but now I’m fluent. Sometimes I work as a translator for Daddy Chambers and anyone else that comes in contact with my two-year-old.
So here’s a wee breakdown; lets call it the Chambers Dictionary!
Babies – Matryoshka nesting dolls or in layman’s term Russian dolls. Not human infants.
Badah – Not closed or fastened. Open to me and you!
Bam – An animated children’s television series about a fireman and his fellow firefighters. To simplify – Fireman Sam!
Bawboo – a round, usually red or green, edible fruit of a small tree. In English, apple. Bedjeez – any small, usually stoneless fruit, irrespective of botanical structure. E.g. Strawberries, blueberries or raspberries.
Bork – an instrument with two or more prongs used to handling food. AKA fork.
Deedaw – Female sibling. Named Sarah Chambers.
Dernaw – Any male called Dermot. E.g. Dernaw O’Leary.
Dodo – an Irish newscaster with RTE. Otherwise known as Brian Dobson.
Gaga – The father of one’s father or mother. E.g grandad.
Gammer – a tool consisting of a solid head of metal (but in this case a plastic mock one) used for beating metals and driving nails. In English, a hammer.
Guinea – any of the long, thin, separate parts of the hand, especially those that are not thumbs. Known to everyone else as a finger!
Ike – No, not Tina Turner’s former husband, it’s something that makes things visible or affords illumination. Known in English as light.
Keen – A soft substance that you rub into your skin. Known to the English speaking world as cream.
Mena – His very lovely little friend and neighbour. Her name is Mia!
Mika – No not the Lebanese British born singer who had a number one hit with ‘Grace Kelly’ In this instance it’s a small yellow, cylindrical creature with one or two eyes created by Eric Guillon. Most other people know them as Minions from the movie Despicable Me.
Mink – A liquid that is taken into the body through the mouth. In English we say drink!
Mote – A device that controls the operation or performance of an apparatus from a distance. I say remote control.
Nanny – Any female over a certain age. Even strangers. We know the term as a pet name for the mother of one’s father or mother!
Pud – A starchy, tuberous crop from the perennial nightshade Solanum teberosum L. That’s potato in simple terms!
Sasas – Minced pork and God knows what else stuffed into casing. Known to me as sausages.
Wickies – Corn kernels that burst open and puff out when subjected to dry heat. To me and you that’s popcorn.
Win-yow – a space usually filled with glass in the wall of a building or vehicle. AKA window.
And if Aidan is struggling to find the words, ‘no’ is the next best one. Actually, at two years of age, no is indeed the most important word in his vocabulary. Funny how he never mispronounces that one!