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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What are some evidence-based techniques for speech therapy?

My son is just over three years old. He has had glue ear, sometimes in both ears. What are some evidence-based speech therapy techniques and games that can be applied by parents in the home?
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10 year old child talks way too fast. How can I slow her down?

My 10 year old daughter talks so fast, it's sometimes hard to follow what she says without concentrating. It's not the enunciation as such (although it could be better) and I don't think she needs to ...
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How to teach a child a foreign language at home when both parents aren't native speakers of a different language?

Kid's age is currently 6 months. Country: India I can write English well but am not fluent when it comes to speaking. I don;t have any native English speakers around me. What are my other options of ...
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Enforcing minority languages at home

We're a bilingual household in a country that speaks a third language. I speak Finnish to the kids, my wife speaks Japanese, and I speak Japanese with her. Our older son recently started going to ...
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I am vs my is - when do children develop this bit of language?

My son can string together some quite complicated sentences. But he still say "my is" rather than "I am". So, "my is ready!" rather than "I am ready!". When do children learn this bit of language? ...
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What are some strategies for raising a bilingual child?

We are planning on raising our child bi-lingual. The plan is for my husband to only speak English to her and I would only speak Tagalog (a dialect of the Philippines). I have asked my parents to also ...
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What are the risks of surgery for a tongue-tied toddler?

My son is 22 months old and he is several tongue-tied. We only found out because I have a 4 month old and when he was first born they noticed he was tied, and asked if our other child was. My 22 ...
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Improving verbal learning

We recently withdrew my six year-old son from public school and began educating him at home. There are several reasons, both for him and his sister, but a big one is that he has a lot of difficulty ...
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How can I encourage language development in my infant?

My 4 month old is the most verbal baby I've ever seen. He has something to say in every situation. My husband and I tell him what things are, "That's a truck. It moves along the road.". My son clearly ...
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when do children start answering questions ?

My child is 2.5 years old. He understands two step instructions and expresses himself. However, he does not answers questions. For example: if I ask where is your mom? he will not answer that she is ...
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how do I help my 4.5 year old socially?

My son likes to play with other kids, but he's shy and will usually join someone else in their game and not initiate. That is fine with us, the problem is that English is his second language, and he ...
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My two year old has a lisp. Should i try to correct her now?

My 22-month old speaks with a lisp. Granted she's only saying about 100-150 words and can form short sentences. However she can't form all the sounds that adults can yet. However all of her 's' are ...
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Stuttering Suddenly

my grandson came for visitation, and he is 2.5 years old. very smart. He had a lump on his forehead and is stuttering. He always speaks in complete sentences. Like May I have that cookie, or Pop ...
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How can we improve a trilingual toddler's basic language development?

Bilingual and trilingual kids have a slower language development than others, so this is probably quite normal, but our 14 month old daughter talks a lot but doesn't use any words, not even for mum ...
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Raising a tri-lingual child, tricky context

I have found many of the topics here very interesting, but would like to share my personal situation, as it is quite specific, to see if you guys have any advice or experiences to share. :) I am ...
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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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Would it be bad to only speak to a child in a language in which you are not completely fluent?

My husband and I can speak daily conversational Mandarin, probably at the fluency and vocabulary of a native 3rd grade speaker. So decent, but not great. We speak 99% of the time in Mandarin to our ...
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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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Raising a bilingual child when one parent knows both languages while the other doesn't

I am in the USA, originally from India, and my wife is American. My native language is Hindi. My wife knows only a little bit of Hindi. It hasn't been a problem because we usually talk in English ...
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Are there things to watch out for after a tongue-tie operation?

My son is going in for a Tongue Tie clip, basically to do a small snip under his tongue to free it up, he fed well when he was young so it never came up until our dentist noticed it with his teeth and ...
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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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When should I start to be concerned about stammering or stuttering?

My 27 month old son started talking fairly early, and is very enthusiastic about it. He talks constantly. However, he does stammer a lot, and stutters on some words. Most commonly, he'll have ...
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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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How do my wife and I stop our son from learning to swear from us?

My wife and I both tend to have... colorful language (for me it tends to be far worse when driving). Our son just turned one, and is starting to become more verbal. He's not quite at the point where ...
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How do we raise our child with three languages?

My wife is Italian, I am Swedish. Between us we speak English, neither one of us knows the other language. We are currently living in Sweden and will do so for a while. The baby will be born in May. ...
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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 ...