Down memory lane - HOW SAY IT IN IGBO BEGAN

Posted by Chineme Ozumba on Sunday, February 2, 2014 Under: True Life

It was the summer of 2008 in South Africa our first child had just started play school. Barely a year and half, she was learning to make simple sentences. Initially, we thought that the funny sounding words she sometimes spoke were  attempts at speaking Igbo. We eventually figured out that she was speaking bits of several South African languages...but not Igbo.

We had assumed that since we spoke Igbo at home that our children would naturally pick it up. This was not the case. In direct contrast, our Swiss friend whose son was about the same age with our daughter spoke some German along with a mix of other languages. We noticed that this lady always spoke German to her son regardless of where they were. This revelation led us on an ‘Igborization’ campaign! It was simple: speak Igbo to our child and in no time she would be able to respond in Igbo.
HA! That turned out to be easier said than done.

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