Learning to talk in the first place, and learning to speak properly. See also the tags [language] for general language issues and [bilingual] for issues involving more than one langauge.

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Can I figure out what my baby wants by the sound it makes when it cries?

Can I figure out what my baby needs from its crying? According to Dunstan Baby Language, the sound used before hysterical baby crying gives information on what the baby needs. The Dunstan website ...
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Can you guide a toddler to learn specific words?

My 14 month old has a pretty good vocabulary for his age. However, it is a source of frustration for my wife that "mommy" (or some variation thereof) is not part of his vocabulary. He says "daddy" ...
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When should a toddler stop having problems with personal pronouns?

My son (35 months old) speaks fairly well, but is consistently confusing his personal pronouns. Examples: "Her is eating her food," "me is going to my room", etc.. Sometimes he gets them right, but ...
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How to teach a toddler a second (foreign) language?

We live in India. I'm Russian, my husband is Indian. At home we speak with each other in English, and school education here is also in English. My husband is a sailor, so he is often out of the ...
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Should we put our a child in a preschool with a primary language we do not speak?

We have an almost 2 year old daughter and we are looking around for preschools to put her in. We are in Vancouver, Canada which has a large Chinese population and Mandarin is very common. Neither of ...
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Cartoons in a language that neither parent speaks?

I have a nephew who is taught both English and Kartuli in school, and speaks both well. He also speaks pretty good Russian, but has no formal education and does not speak much to his family in the ...
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16 months old and no signs of communication. Should we be concerned?

Our son is now 16 months old and does not know any words yet. He doesn't seem to understand anything we say either. He makes plenty of talking sounds, he looks at you and babbles but no words. We ...
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How to encourage speech development

I have a three year old boy. At home we speak our native language to him and in nursery he speaks English. He seems to have very good understanding of what we say in our native language and reasonable ...
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How can we teach our pre-schooler enough of a second language to cover basic manners?

We recently moved to another country (Germany). My daughter is currently learning to speak in our native tongue (Dutch). She doesn't go to school yet, and kindergarten is also still half a year ...
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How to read an English story book to the kid when we don't talk in English at home?

I am not a native English speaker nor is the country I live in. However since English is given a higher preference here over the native language I would like my kid to learn English from an early age. ...
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Not teaching a child how to speak

Although I realize that this question may not be fit for Parenting StackExchange, yet I'm curious to understand - if you don't teach a child how to speak then will the child develop a new language to ...
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Songs for teaching hindi/kannada phonics?

My son is just starting to make a few words, and enjoys songs a lot. I feel that teaching him the letters in hindi/kannada (which we speak at home along with english ) will help him learn the sounds ...
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Will teaching American Sign Language provide the same developmental benefits as a bilingual household?

It has become well documented that raising a child in a bilingual environment has numerous developmental benefits. These seem to largely center on increased vocabulary and situational awareness. ...
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Is raising a child bilingually with English worth the effort?

I am half Turkish and German (living in Germany) but did not learn Turkish when I was a boy, because back then it was still discouraged to teach two languages at the same time. Now as an adult it ...
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Babbling - encourage babbling in 2 yo with glue ear?

What does the best research say about babbling, and whether it should be encouraged, ignored, or discouraged? Would early deafness make a difference to that advice? I've been told that babbling is ...
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How do you teach your children about regional colloquialisms?

We live in an area that is relatively new to me. Since moving here, I've found that there are some colloquial phrasings specific to this region that are particularly jarring to my ear. In ...
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Can Not Speaking Be Due To Just Plain Refusing To Speak?

I have a 20 month old who quite clearly understands spoken language and commands. He communicates with pointing, shaking his head for yes and no, and he says, "da" (his one and only word) which does ...
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Is 3 years old too late to start learning a 2nd language natively?

I'm English and my wife is Portuguese and we are living in Portugal. I'm bilingual in Portuguese and my wife and I have always spoken Portuguese together. When my son was born, I found it somewhat ...
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Is the Rosetta software a good tool for teaching a toddler foreign languages?

I have the full version of the Rosetta cd with many languages. I understand that young children absorb information like a sponge - so if I wanted to teach my daughter languages which I do not know, ...
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What does it mean to “say a few words”?

I have a 17-month-old who isn't talking yet. Our pediatrician says that if he isn't talking by 18 months then they'll do a hearing test. But that can't possibly be the problem since we know he ...
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Is it normal that a 2½ year old omits any “s” in the start of words?

My son is not quite 3 years old yet. He's doing great in terms of speaking except for one detail: whenever a word begins with an s he will just skip that sound. For instance he consistently says top ...
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How can I make learning English fun for a 14 year old?

I am looking for a some kind of TV series, TV show, games, or any other kind of media that could help my sister improve her English. She is 14 and goes to school. But our education system teach ...
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What's the best way to fix a toddler's mispronunciations?

My friend's son loves dinosaurs. He'll show me a toy or a picture of one, and say "dinosaur-ous!" My child is rapidly approaching speech, and I was wondering if it is better to point out errors like ...
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Daughter not saying “mom” even though she can

My two-year-old daughter has said "dad" for long time, referring to me. She has already said "mom" couple of times in the past so we know she can say it and knows the meaning of it, however no matter ...
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Should you talk your toddler only in one language when you are multilingual yourself?

Our toddler is raised in a multilingual environment. I speak only one natively. However, I find awkward and unnatural to speak just one language to him from the argument that this will confuse him. ...
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Toddler has trouble saying the letter “L”

I am not sure if it is just my kid or the letter "L", but my toddler can't seem to say the letter "L". I try to help him out and show with my mouth how to pronounce it, but he will say stuff like ...
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Will a 12-18 month old understand a baby is on the way?

My first son is 12 months old and I'm expecting another child who will be born when my son is 18 months old. My son is fairly verbal for his age. He understands phrases like, "Put the ball in the ...
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How do I encourage my toddler to work on his spoken language?

Our 15 month old has yet to speak any words. He seems to hear well enough, and will, when it suits him, listen to us when we ask things of him ("go get your ball!", etc). He's engaged with the world ...
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Language Developmental Milestones of Children at higher stages?

In the early stages of language development, children goes through milestones such as Speech blurbs, Single words, double words, Use of verbs full sentence etc. [I may be limited in my ...
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Relation of Multiple languages to (overall) development of child

I have been to most questions related bilingual aspects where whether and how should one introduce more than one language to child. This helps. I am trying to find a bit broader opinion as to what ...
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Should I stop teaching my toddler a second language if his exposure to it will be limited?

I have stared to talk exclusively in English to my son when he was less than 6 months old. However, we have decided not to move to an English speaking country, so I ended up practically alone. It's ...
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At what age is it reasonable to expect a child to understand risk/chance?

Our 3 year old has done a few things that were risky, e.g. she stood up on a chair with wheels to reach something. I explained that it is very dangerous and that she could fall. Her response - as has ...
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How can I help my 3 year old son to be more mature according to his age?

My son just started school a few weeks ago. He is 3. We arrived to the country we currently live in about a year and a half ago, when he was starting to speak our mother-tongue. Maybe in part because ...
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How do toddlers pick their first words?

My son has a pretty eclectic selection of vocabulary. Some words seem to have been picked up from my wife and I repeating them (such as "uh-oh" and "daddy"). Others seem to have been learned without ...
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Should I be concerned that my 10 month old toddler still doesn't know how to pronouce words but just says “er…er…er…” instead?

I think by the age of 8-10 months, toddlers are able to pronounce simple sound like "mama", "baba", "papa" etc, though they might not know what the meaning is. However, my 10-month-old daughter just ...
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Are there any studies about whether learning to read in two languages is slower?

I don't know the details of any studies, but I think the general consensus these days is that bringing up children multilingual from the start is a positive thing to do, even if it can slightly delay ...
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How important is the pronunciation of a toddler's first words?

My 11 month old son has started to talk. He currently has a two-word vocabulary: "uh-oh", and "balloon". He clearly understands the meaning of the word balloon, and uses it appropriately (his use of ...
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How do I explain regional differences in language?

What are good methods of explaining to my four-year-old son why "color" is not how he should spell "colour", even though it is spelt that way in many of the books he's reading? (Also "realize", ...
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Is there software that helps teach pre-schoolers to recognize letters?

I am looking for software, which allow my three year old to tap a letter and it will present the letter and say it. I speak an obscure language so I need to record the letters myself. Does this exist? ...