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Enzoisms: Words in Fran-Span-glish

Enzoisms 3

Cuisina: Cuisine? That’s French for Kitchen. In Spanish, it’s Cocina. In Enzo’s world- it’s cuisina.

NOTI: When we scold Enzo, he says NOTI and points his finger at us… we think it comes from the word “naughty” but that’s the best explanation we can think of… but does that mean he’s calling US naughty for scolding him? HAHAHA.

“Estoy Cansada:” When Enzo is getting on mama’s nerves, and it’s 9 pm and he is jumping up and down, I say “Enzo mamá está cansada.” (Enzo mama is tired.) so he replies, “no, tu no estás cansada, Enzo esta cansada.” (No, mama is not tired, Enzo is tired.) We can’t help but laugh… Eventually he will get the masculine/feminine thing. (We hope.)

“No quiero aller a la escuela.” =  NO quier (Spanish) aller (French) a la escuela (Spanish) “I don’t want to go to school” in Franish or (is it Spançais?)

Toteyé = we are not sure what this means… Enzo says it and it makes him crack up.

Does your child make up words? What are the funniest things that come out of his/her little bilingual/multilingual mouth? Share below!!

Diana Limongi
Diana a mom, activist, nonprofit professional, podcaster and writer from Queens, NY. She writes about motherhood, activism, raising my multilingual kids, culture and travel. She and her multicultural family live in Queens, NY.


  1. I can totally relate! My sons speak Spanglish and Frañol most of the time at home! I love how creative kids can be with language if we don’t impose strict rules. Here is how we do it at home:

    Come have a look at my blog You’ll find tips fro travelling with kids, destination guides, tips to raise little world citizens and much more. Oh and it’s in French and Spanish too 🙂

  2. My son knew the word for apple is “manzana,” so when he learned that “piña” is pineapple, he called it a “piñamanzana.”

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