|My Son and Our Dog|
One day my wife was at the vet with a friend of ours, and she repeated over and over, with absolutely no result "sienta te." Finally she said, "Simba, sit." The dog sat immediately.
The reason for this is clear; I've always been the dog-lover in the couple, and I was the one who did the little training which our dog had. He responds to "come" much better than to "ven" and upon the command "go home" runs directly to our door.
My three-year-old, however, disagrees. He has started stringing more words together and distinguishing his English sentences from his Spanish sentences, he has started talking in Spanish to the dog. One day when I noticed this, and asked him, "Does Simba speak English or Spanish?"
"Spanish," was his immediate and very confident answer.
So I demonstrated to him that the dog responds much better to English.
"No," he replied with unwavering confidence, "Simba speak Spanish. English, NO."
During this last week, since our second son was born, I noticed the three-year-old also speaks Spanish to the baby. So, I also asked about the baby's language. Again, Spanish was the final answer. I demonstrated that I could speak English to the baby. That was fine, but the older brother insisted that the baby spoke Spanish, not English.
So, worried about the status of English in my child's world, I asked him if he spoke English or Spanish.
"Both." At least that was a relief.
I'm going to persist with the dog, however. Our dog speaks English. Even the neighbors know that, and have learned a handful of English commands just for him. Hopefully, I can get my son to acknowledge this at some point.