Animal intelligence

We are proud to say that Leo is now as smart as a dog!

He has been watching his baby videos a lot lately, one of which explains basic body motions: waving, jumping, spinning, etc. One day we told him to sit down. He looked us straight in the eye, and sat down on the floor.

We have a baby who can follow directions on an animal intelligence level!

But what is even better is that Leo is as smart as a Chinese dog. When Leo climbs on our chair, his nanny tells him in Chinese, “Climb down!” He understands her! In fact, he understands many of her directions, including to give her a kiss, to come over, and even when not to do something.

He must have heard this last one a lot, because now he repeats the words himself, in Chinese! “Bu yao!” – the most important word that children learn in early years – “No!”

Leo has a big head start in a language that has taken us full time study to grasp even a beginner’s command. We’re eager for him to graduate to full rational speech, a bilingual one at that!

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3 Responses to “Animal intelligence”


  1. 1 mjfalk February 14, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Happy to see you are backon the blog. Been missing our two most fascinating overseers. (a). It will take at least four (4) yes 4 years to implant in Leo’s heart and mind his bilinguality. What does research say about this? Experience? Linguistic historians?God bless!!! Dad.

  2. 2 Marianna February 15, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Bu yao sounds strongly to me like saying “boo-yeah!”

  3. 3 mjfalk February 15, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Smart kids are wonderful, but cocker spaniels still make better pets, especially as these two creatures grow older. What child is still glad to see you even if you forgot to feed him that morning before you left for work? And how many kids will sit and play dead for your admiring friends when they can jolly well reach the cookie jar without your help while you are on the phone. no, sorry, cute won’t cut it—unless you’re looking for delayed gratification—I mean really delayed—like in the hereafter. Love, Mom in GB


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