My 4 year old had to learn to count in Japanese for his karate class. His pre-school also taught him to count in spanish. My filipino pride couldn’t take it that he knows how to do it in these languages and not my own so I had him learn how too:
It was a pity that he had hiccups that time it was taken, but this was shortly after the moment when he perfected counting the numbers 1-10 without skipping on anim (6) and going directly to siyam (9). We have started progressing to labing-isa, labing-dalawa (11, 12) and so forth, I couldn’t help but be amused at how his tongue twisted at the long words.
Encouraged, I have started teaching him conversational filipino (tagalog) the past week. My goal is for him to eventually learn to read in filipino and understand tagalog movies. Speaking it too would be awesome. We’ll see how this would go. So far Evan is indulging mom in learning our secret language.