The girls are learning sign language at their preschool. I think it's pretty interesting to watch them practice the different letters, often arguing about the nuances of their hand formations. As I watched them do it this morning, it hit me. If they are going to learn sign language, then we need to learn it to.
Actually, if they are going to learn any second language -- sign or Spanish or French -- we need to learn it. Otherwise, by the time the are fluent, we won't have any idea what they are saying. The girls will be having entire conversations that we won't be able to understand.
When they were born the doctors warned us about twin talk where the girls would not speak "standard" English, but their own version of it. They never did that because they have always wanted to make themselves heard.
This is another story. We're encouraging them to learn a language we don't speak. Not the brightest parenting move, I'll admit. The only good news is they are still young enough that we can catch up.