A short primer in Eitanese


Based on a recent discussion between my three year old and a taxi driver in Bangkok, we have a long way to go towards creating speech applications capable of understanding young children.


Taxi driver: (driving past where the king of Thailand currently resides) This is where the king lives!


My son: Mr. The King? (for those not familiar with the Pixar film Cars see here)


Taxi driver: Yes!


I find it fascinating how, in the absence of a word, kids have no problem coming up with a word themselves.  The following are some of the ones I find amusing from my three year old Eitan.  My two year old Nathan generally follows Eitans words or comes up with his own - and sometimes we need to call on Eitan to translate.


 



























































Eitanese


English


Stringles


Stream Rolls – string gummi candy rolled up


Fish boat


A boat used for sight seeing


Boojee


Any bug or something that remotely looks like one


Kaka


Anything that is forbidden – from the Russian kaket’


Thailand ball


A globe, so called because before going to Thailand we used one to show them where Thailand is


Umm


Food, as in “I want umm”


Trees


Broccoli


Dragon house


A large, ornate church or temple


Dragon food


Dragon fruit


Paa


Hot, from the Bukharan language


Kazar


Wildabeest, ox, or anything similar looking


Funny movie


Shrek


Shrek and the Dragon


Shrek


Shrek and the Cat


Shrek 2


Super Supers


The Incredibles


Beep beep


Road Runner & Coyote


Taker


A toy claw with a long arm


 


 


 

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