So we have a 4-year-old who has recently started preschool. We will call her Phephe (as in Fifi. Don't ask.). Anyway, as with most children of a certain age, they say some pretty interesting things. Here are a few notable quotes from Phephe:
"Mommy, I think you and I need to sit down and have a conversation."
"Actually, I think we should go to the zoo instead."
Just for some background information, my parents came to this country speaking very little English. I grew up in a household speaking 2 languages simultaneously. Even now, we speak both languages, switching seamlessly between the two. When my parents were learning English they were always told it is one of the hardest languages to learn, because there are so many quirks in it.
Phephe has apparently found another. My husband and I tried to explain that amn't is not a proper contraction and gave her "I'm not" to use instead. She nodded and smiled and we continued on our merry dinner-eating way.
So now I'm waiting for the moment when she turns back to me and asks if
IS + NOT = Isn't
ARE + NOT = Aren't
DO + NOT = Don't
Then why does AM + NOT not equal Amn't?
I think I amn't sure what to say.