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.
Stream Rolls – string gummi candy rolled up
A boat used for sight seeing
Any bug or something that remotely looks like one
Anything that is forbidden – from the Russian kaket’
A globe, so called because before going to Thailand we used one to show them where Thailand is
Food, as in “I want umm”
A large, ornate church or temple
Hot, from the Bukharan language
Wildabeest, ox, or anything similar looking
Shrek and the Dragon
Shrek and the Cat
Road Runner & Coyote
A toy claw with a long arm