+1. This was/is the most special thing to me. It’s sort of the transition from being a cool high maintenance pet to a… magic talking pet!
Our kid is now learning to read and write and do numbers and such, and it’s frankly not nearly exciting as watching her pick up another word or phrase or idea or crack her first joke. She is still picking up new words, phrases, concepts, voices, characters, tropes, etc. and you can see it all happening in real time if you just watch closely enough.
I wonder if my sense of amazement is partly influenced by knowledge of technology. It’s a lot harder to teach a robot how to talk than how to spell. Otoh, it’s also hard to teach a robot how to walk, and I’m still like “oh boy you can stand on one foot now I’m so excited for you” (not).