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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Can I teach my baby to talk with a recording of my own voice?

My baby is coming in four months, and I am doing my homework on how to teach it to talk. I have seen some studies show that babies cannot learn languages ​​through voice recording and TV program, ...
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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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Trying to figure out how to teach three languages to our soon to come twins?

My husband is Armenian and I am Mexican. My husband speaks a good amount of Spanish and we both speak English. I have 2 amazing stepchildren, 9yr old girl and 11yr old boy. They only speak English. We ...
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Functional illiteracy, Reading and Listening

How to stimulate one's own offspring to process/hearken to/understand what they read and what they hear in everyday life? What questions to ask so as to test their Cognitive Function and incoming ...
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Identify this A-B-C children's song in Dutch

My wife remembers the first couple of verses of a children's alphabet song (in Dutch) from her childhood and would like to find the lyrics of the complete song. She remembers singing this at least 22 ...
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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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Should we link words when we talk to our 2-3 year old children, For example: her eyes /həraɪz/?

Ok, Linking words is one of the main point in speaking English. For example, "her eyes" /hə-raɪz/ But I am worried that my 2-3 year old child may misidentify the correct pronunciation. For example, ...
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Communication, Wording, Elaboration, Language Expression

How can a parent that has a severe problem in communication, wording, elaboration and language expession without any problems with the languages in themselves communicate with their offspring so as to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should we be concerned about our 2.5-year-old grandson suddenly stuttering?

My 2.5-year-old grandson came for visitation and he's 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 Pop ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Should I be worried about a 1-year-old getting excited and grabbing and scratching people's faces hard?

I'm grandmother of a 1-year-old boy. My son has ADHD and is home trying to get disability, so they let me take the baby every week and he usally stays about 3 days. I am trying everything that I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How will a child learn to express themselves in the absence of verbal communication?

I'm curious to understand - if you don't teach a child how to speak then will the child develop a new language to express itself? When a newborn is brought into the family everyone wants to look at ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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-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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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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How can I teach my 9-month-old son to attempt to say his first words?

Sometimes when I try to teach my 9-month-old son words like "daddy" or "mummy", he stares blankly or gets distracted (which I guess is quite normal for that age). He coos (is this even a word?) and ...
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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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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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Does Tongue-tie really affect talking?

I had my daughter in this August. At beginning the breastfeeding was painful. The pediatrician suggested it was probably caused by my daughter's tongue-tie. I decided to have the operation for her. ...
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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 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 help my 5.5-year-old, who doesn't speak fluently and never listens, take an interest in reading and talking?

My son is 5.5 years old. It is hard for us to make him respond to questions, tell short stories that are in his syllabus, even a statement in English. We speak in our mother tongue only at home. Even ...
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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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16 month old doesn't talk

My 16 month old doesn't say any words though he babbles a lot. He recently started repeating "mummy" when I say it. He responds to his name (though sometimes he totally ignores me). He follows 2 ...
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Can newborns get used to the sounds of a language in the background?

My 4 week old newborn likes the sound of background noise (eg. white noise, radio, TV) to get to sleep. I also want to give my child the best chance to learn a foreign language when they are older. ...
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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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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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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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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 ...