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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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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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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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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Is baby talk helpful or detrimental?

I have heard both that 'baby talking' in response to a child's babble is productive, and that 'baby talking' is counter-productive and can impede language development. Any thoughts?
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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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8 month old not babbling, when to worry and what to worry about

My wife and I have two boys: a 3-yr old toddler and an 8-month old infant. The toddler is doing extremely well with all physical/motor and emotional/intellectual/communication aspects. My 8-month old,...
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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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Two year old son sometimes using female verb endings - grammar issue?

My native language is Russian and this is important in scope of the question: past tense verbs are gender-specific here, for example "I've made..." will be "Я сделал" if you are a boy and "Я сделала" ...
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Does using sign language really accelerate a child's ability to speak?

I have often heard that using sign language is really good in teaching a baby to talk. Is this really true, or is this an urban legend? Related: Can toddlers learn sign language?
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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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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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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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Teaching the difference between "you" and "me"

My daughter is 20 months old and quite the talker. However, she doesn't understand the concept of pronouns (understandable since it's an abstract concept) and thinks that the word "you" ...
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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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2-year-old does not speak

My son will be two years old next month, and he doesn't speak. Actually, he speaks, but some other language which nobody can understand. If I point him out to something, he says it not perfectly, but ...
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At what age should I expect my daughter to talk?

At what age should I expect my daughter to form words? When should I expect her to be capable of simple sentences?
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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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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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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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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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How do I teach my child to speak in sentences?

My son is 2.3yrs. Right now we keep reading books for him. He pays attention only for some time. We also keep teaching letters and numbers during his bed time or during his bath. When asked he repeats ...
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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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Is it common that 2 to 3 year old children use articles and plurals incorrectly?

Ok, English is not my first language. My mother tongue is Vietnamese. There are 5 people in my family: my parents, my wife, my son and me. I decided to teach my child bilingually. So, about 6 months ...
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Will getting child care from a non-native English speaker impact my child's language development?

My wife and I really like a neighborhood day care we recently checked out. The place seems very nice and the care providers seem to do a very good job. They are organized, appear to give a lot of ...
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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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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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How talkative should a three month old be?

Our daughter started babbling a lot. She used to throw gu and ga around once in a while, but now she seems to be babbling all the time. She talks to us, to all the chandeliers, her toys, she also ...
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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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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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Should I be concerned about my 10-month-old still not knowing how to pronouce words, just saying "er...er....er..." instead?

I have a 10-month-old daughter. She just keeps on saying "er...er...er" but never pronounces "b", "p", "m", "f" etc. in words. We are already talking to her always and showing her slowly how to ...
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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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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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How can you communicate with a child that refuses to talk?

I have a four year old son who has slight autism. Up until now he has babbled but never used any words associated with anything. We try to encourage him to talk by talking with him a lot, and we have ...
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Moving to US with a 5 year old child

We are considering moving to US with our only 5 years old daughter. We are likely to get a L-kind of visa to secure our stay for 1-2 years. None of us is a native English speaker. Parents do speak ...
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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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How to get 2 year old to vocalize words?

I have a two year old (just turned two) boy that doesn't speak much. He vocalizes only a few words (like "mom", "up", and "grandpa") clearly but other than those, he's largely silent. He seems ...
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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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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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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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Should I force the toddler to speak the words and sentences which she is finding difficult to speak?

Hindi is the native language and English is a foreign language where I live. The toddler (2 years old) gets sent to the daycare. They speak Hindi there. I speak English at home with the child and the ...
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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' ...
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What is a good age to start teaching a child Ancient Latin and Greek?

I've read a lot on here about children and languages, but they all have to do with spoken language. I am not fluent in any spoken language, but I have taken extensive coursework in Classical Latin and ...
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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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How important is the pronunciation of an infant'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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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 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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Daughter saying whole sentences at home but not in kindergarten

My nearly 3 years old daughter is capable of saying whole sentences by now and using them nicely while at home with us. However the kindergarten staff claims she speaks very little and not capable of ...
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My 5 year old's second language: Why is it not coming naturally?

I live in Israel. I am a native English speaker. My wife is Israeli. My five-year-old son speaks Hebrew. He understands when I talk in English. But he has a lot of difficulty in saying a sentence in ...
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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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Should I be concerned about my 12-month-old not understanding what we say?

My child will be 12 months old next week. He was born 6 weeks prematurely. My concern is that he doesn't seem to understand what anyone of us says. He does look when I say "look" and he does respond ...
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