Questions tagged [language-development]

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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Does excessive cooing mean early talking?

My grandson is three months old and is cooing/making noises ALL the time, except when he is crying and sleeping, of course. Does that have any correlation to talking? Meaning, are there statistics ...
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One parent one language: three-way conversations

We are planning to use One Parent, One Language to raise our child bilingually. Parent A uses German with Child, Parent B uses English with Child. Communication between Parent A and Parent B is in ...
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When should we be concerned about garbled speech in my 2.5-year-old?

My 2.5-year-old toddler has started saying words (more like noises) that me and my wife can sometimes understand, but they barley sound like the intended words. At what point should we start to get ...
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Why do we teach animal sounds to children?

I was reflecting on the fact that, at least in Western culture, most children are taught at a young age what sounds animals make. However, this is mostly a "useless" information from a practical point ...
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How best to help a language-delayed 3.5-year-old in a foreign language environment?

We are an English-speaking American family with 2 children, and have recently moved to Germany. The length of our stay is indefinite, and we've decided to try to integrate culturally and ...
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Is it normal for a 3-year-old to repeat the question before answering?

My 3 years and 3 months old son has speech delay. He repeats the question and then answers (mainly choice questions). At age 3, if I asked him any question ('this or that'), he simply repeated ('this ...
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My 2 1/2 year old won't talk on his own And stares into the distance

He does say things like "mommy" "daddy" "ewww" "Mickey" "owww" and "drink". They're slurred and you have to know what he's saying to understand them. But he won't say anything else on his own. We can ...
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Teaching a child 2 languages that are not part of their environment

I've seen a few question regarding language, but none that fight my current situation. I live in Ukraine and my wife has a 2 year old child that almost exclusively heard Russian so far. I, on the ...
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Can a 2 year old learn “hard” and “soft” for “don't throw”?

At 22 months we've just entered the throwing and hitting stage. For "throw this, not that" I'm thinking of teaching him "hard" and "soft" and that's okay to throw soft things. I'm wondering if anyone ...
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Which languange should I start teaching my baby after moving to a new country? [duplicate]

I moved from my home country to America and gave birth to my first baby, and one thing bugs me. I want my child to know my languange so she can speak to her family from my side because my family doesn'...
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My 2 year 8 month old son is not interested in hearing stories [closed]

How to make child get interested in stories? He colors the book but by seeing somewhere. He just shows interest in only very limited food. He is suffering from constipation. He is able to say rhymes, ...
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My 2-year-old son is still not talking. Is this normal?

I have a 2-year-old son. He still isn't talking, he'll say words here and there like "bird" when he sees a bird and he'll say words like mama or dada sometimes but never in correlation with my wife or ...
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How to explain -gasm to 10 year old

I was watching a daytime TV programme about Asian food with my 10 year old son. One of the presenters said while looking at a very nice piece of fresh tuna "I just had a sushigasm" My son asked me ...
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How to encourage speech of minority language for bilingual child?

Note: I am going to use 3rd person plural pronouns (e.g. "they", "their") when referring to my child as I think gender is not important here. Situation: My wife and I are using the One-parent-one-...
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How to enrich my “everyday” vocabulary as an ESL parent in the U.S.? [closed]

How to quickly acquire the "everyday" English vocabulary needed to communicate with my preschool child? I am an immigrant IT professional who speaks fluent English, but who learned his English as an ...
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How to make my 5-year-old speak in first person when she speaks in second person?

My 5-year-old daughter talks a lot. But when she does, it's in second person (i.e. the second person in the conversation), saying what she expects I would say when directed towards her. So she's not ...
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Impact of moving to Germany with a stepson and a toddler with signs of autism

I live in the midwestern U.S. with my wife, my 8 year old stepson and our 2 year old son who shows signs of and is undergoing therapy for autism. The company I work for just offered to relocate us to ...
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Difficulty pronouncing R and L: how fast is it overcome?

This question concerns difficulty pronouncing the sounds R and L between the ages of 4 and 6 years old. Assuming that there's no serious problem (that is, all other sounds are correctly pronounced ...
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Raising our daughter to be bilingual without one-parent-one-language

I've been through a lot of answers here on raising bilingual children, and the general consensus seems to be (1) each parent speaks their language to the child ('one parent - one language') and (2) ...
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Can I teach my 9-month-old child my native language if I only see her for a few minutes at a time?

I am the father of a 9-month-old girl. I am divorced and my ex-wife speaks only Hebrew with the baby while my mother language is Russian. I am also able to speak Hebrew. I see the baby for about 15-20 ...
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Toddler made “incorrect” animal identification that is actually correct. Better to correct her or not?

My niece is a year and a half old. I was reading a book on animals with her recently and helping her learn the names of the animals in it. I noticed that she identified the picture of a lion as a "...
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Raising a bilingual kid. How to speak to my daughter in Spanish (my primary language) when also wanting to perfect my English?

I have an almost a year old daughter. My husbands only speaks English (although understands Spanish very well) and I speak Spanish (my native language) and English (which I learned mostly as an adult)....
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How can I deal with adopted son who promised to the god he believes in to never to speak until he sees mommy again, when mommy is dead?

My 5 year old adopted son is, contrary to everyone else in his entourage, religious - a leftover from his days in a war zone. His mom died some time ago - by suicide - and since then he hasn't said a ...
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20 month old doesn't follow commands

My 20 month old doesn't respond to commands. He doesn't talk yet. He is not responding to his name. Hearing problem? But, he responds and looks at me when I sing any of his rhymes. Wherever he is ...
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My 2-year-old son can't speak beyond 2 words yet?

My son will turn 2 on the 5th of August this year. He hasn't picked up any words beyond mama and papa. Firstly is it okay that he hasn't yet spoken beyond these 2 words? There are a few things which ...
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4 to 5 year old child taking time to answer questions

When asked my 4 year old either does not respond to the question or responds slowly and I've seen 3 year olds respond much more quickly. Is this a development concern or is something in the "normal" ...
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How to further an aptitude toward early literacy?

Every so often in our 2.5-year old daughter's life I catch myself marveling at some skill that our daughter seems to master far beyond what I naively expected her to be able to do. I'm sure many ...
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My five year boy child is not able to speak letters starting with “L” or “R” clearly

My five year boy child is not able to speak letters starting with "L" or "R" clearly. For example if he has to say "Light" he pronounce it as "Aaight" or sometimes "Haaight". Similar for say "Rat" ...
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What to do about a 19-month-old not talking?

My 19-month-old son is an only child and doesn't go to daycare. He doesn't talk, just says mama and baba and not all the time - maybe one or two times a day. I try to talk with him but I don't know ...
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My daugter could not retain letter names prior to kindergarten, now she is taking piano and can't remember letter names. Help!

I worked with my daughter on learning her letters with sounds, books, tiles, refrigerator magnets, ect from age 1 to 5 and she could not retain the information. I could not get her to learn any ...
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What benefits does using “baby talk” provide, and how do you maximize those benefits?

When I was doing my initial language development research about 7 years ago, I vaguely remember seeing several (probably non-scientific or blog sources) recommend against using "baby talk", arguing ...
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What is the correct age to discuss words with taboo definitions?

I have a friend with a child of about 10 year old girl. She shared an experience about dealing with her child. The girl seems recently picked up a word "impotent". She asked her parents the meaning ...
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Language learning app for a toddler [closed]

I'm interested in suggestions for a decent language learning app suitable for a toddler (almost 3 years old) that is not dumbed down with cartoon animations or so advanced that it deals with text. ...
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How can I get my child (two and a half) to vocalize, to make any sounds,

My son is two and a half, with developmental delay. He has low tone muscles, which we work on intensively with psychotherapy. He can now crawl, but not walk. He doesn't talk, nor say any words, and ...
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My child stopped speaking mother-tongues, is this normal?

We have moved to another country when my child was 4. She was already bilingual, she speaks Dutch and German. Now she is going to an English school and she has stopped speaking either Dutch or German, ...
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Toddler stuttering [duplicate]

My son is 34 months old and has all of a sudden started stuttering. He usually has difficulty starting sentences beginning with "I" but recently he has difficulty with other words as well, mostly at ...
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How to help a 2-year-old settle in day care where a foreign language is spoken?

TL;DR Our son is starting daycare in a country where the language is (almost) completely alien to him. Can we do anything to help him settling in this new environment? (full story below) Original ...
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Monolingual parents encouraging language skills early

At risk of sounding like the over-pushy head mistress from Daddy Daycare.... My wife and I are both monolingual Brits, living Britain, with a four-month old daughter. It seems a shame to waste this ...
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How to make my 3-year-old stop throwing things at people?

My 3-year-old boy throws things at people for no reason. Sometimes he just needs attention and sometimes he's just doing this for fun, but it has been very hard on us because it gave me a black eye ...
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How to Handle Multi-Language Situation

What is the best strategy for a multi-lingual couple to instill both the father's and mother's native languages to the child in a most "natural" and efficient way? My wife and I have been speaking ...
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Raising a bilingual kid in monolingual community

I speak to my kid in 2 different languages at one time now . I used to speak to him only English and his mom our native language for 2years now but seems it didn't work so I decided to communicate the ...
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How do I get my 7 year old to learn their spelling words independently?

My child's school has a spelling words practice method called "look, cover, say, write see" - which is a list of words the kids say, sound out and practice their spelling with each day. The test ...
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Can child forget how to pronounce a letter?

My son is now 2 years old and he cannot say R (he would either use another letter or say something more similar to "v"rather than "r"). What concerns me is that R is one of the first letters he was ...
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ML@H + OPPL = confusion?

I speak Italian while my partner speaks Korean and we speak English between us. The community language is French. We were thinking to raise a tri-lingual child (0-years old now) with a 'One Person One ...
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15 month old girl hasn't learned any new words in months

My 15 months old girl hasn't learned any new words in 4 months. The only words she can say are 'Mom', 'Dad', 'Dog' and 'Hi'. She has started grunting for what she wants, but isn't saying anything more....
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From what age do children start reading and understanding sentences?

Google said that at the age of 6 a child should be able to read. Here I am talking about story books. I am talking about independent reading by the child where the child reads the sentence and ...
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How do you get your child to say I have to go potty?

My boy is 3years and 3 months and have been doing all the things charts, stickers, rewards, singing, dancing, high fives and videos you name it I have tried it! He goes all the time when I bring him ...
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Raising a tri-lingual child

I can speak A, B and C, my wife B and C. We live in a B speaking country. We want our daughter to learn all 3 languages, so we've decided that : I speak to her in A my wife speaks to her in C My ...
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I need a Bi-lingual strategy for my 3yr old

I'm a native english-speaker. My wife is bi-lingual. She speaks only Spanish to our son, and only english with me. I made the mistake to choose to speak spanish to him only because it sounded '...
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How can parents teach more than two languages to their child without confusing him?

My wife and I both grew up bilingual. For her it was Russian and Ukrainan, for me German and Italian. We live in a German-speaking country and we speak German to each other. When our child was born 8 ...