Moto driver on the street: Moto, lady?
Me: Yeah. I go Sovanna.
Moto driver: (stares blankly at me)
Me: Sowanna (same location as before, but I use a different inflection.)
Moto driver: (continues to stare blankly)
Me: I show you, yeah?
Moto driver: ok, ok
Me: How much for scarf?
Seller: Oh, for you sister, $3.
Me: Oh, cannot pay more than $1.
Seller: Oh, sister, for you special price $2.50.
Me: Cannot pay more than $1.
Seller: Oh, very good. For me $2. I sell to you $2.50.
Me: Oh, maybe come back.
Seller: Oh sister, $2 for you.
Me: Cannot pay more than $1. Maybe come back. (Start to walk away)
Seller: Ok, ok. $1.50 for you.
And, so on.
Anyway, these are but a couple of examples of how I have stopped using proper English and have reverted to toddlerhood. The only difference between a toddler's English and mine is that all the English-speaking adults around me are starting to speak the same way rather than correcting my errors!
So, next time you hear a toddler begin to put sentences together, toss up a prayer for me that I won't completely lose my ability to put together a grammatically correct sentence!