Cute thing from class on Saturday. That morning I had Little Miss Conan’s eleven-year-old sister, whom I shall call Mee because that’s what you call Little My in Japanese, in a private lesson. I was teaching her “favorite” and “least favorite.”
I asked her what her three favorite animals were. Her answers, in descending order: “Pony, white tiger, goat.”
Then she changed her mind about the goat. “No, no. Mini monkey!”
“Mini monkey! I like mini monkey!” Then, in Japanese: “Wait, how do you say a monkey’s baby? A little monkey?”
I considered this. “Baby monkeys?”
“Okay! I like baby monkey!”
Only baby monkeys, now, folks. Don’t go giving Mee any grown-up monkeys. That shit will not fly.
(I then drilled her on the plural form, yes.)