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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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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 ...
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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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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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How can a 3 years old understand and use the words "because" and "why"?

I recently tried to explain to my daughter (3 years old) that she was crying a lot because she was exhausted. The reason she was so tired was because she did not sleep after lunch. When asking her why ...
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Should I be concerned that my 2 year-old cannot pronounce sounds like "vee" and "fee"?

Our first child had no problems speaking quite clearly. However, our second child who is 2 years old has trouble pronouncing sounds like "vee" and "fee". For example, "vessel" becomes "bessel" and "...
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From what age should I require the child to speak the foreign language which I want her to learn?

Considering: Should I make my child respond to me in my language? and Enforcing minority languages at home The child is currently 2 years 4 months old. I speak to her in foreign language X. Other ...
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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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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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At what age can children learn a non native language through television/podcasts? [closed]

Child is currently 2 years 2 months old. I speak only in English with the child and the child understands it. I read the story books in English and the child understands them. English is not the ...
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Moving my speech delayed 5.5 yo son to a foreign environment

I have a speech-delayed 5.5 years old son. Our first language is Arabic and he goes to an Arabic school that teaches English as a second language. We have been doing speech therapy since he was 3.5 ...
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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 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 to teach your toddler to pronounce old words correctly?

My 2-year-old is now capable of making certain phonetic sounds that he wasn't able to when he first started speaking. For many words, he's adjusted his pronunciation slightly as he's used them more ...
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What language should I speak to my daughter?

I am a Greek, born, living and working in France, married to an Albanian woman, working all day in English. I have a 2,5 year old daughter, who lived from: September 2014 to April 2015 and February ...
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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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At what age does the child start understanding the difference between the spoken words which have different meanings but sound same?

At what age does the child start understanding the difference between the spoken words like C, See, Eight, Ate, and Eat? When I speak English, I find that my pronunciation is same for all the similar ...
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My 16 month old son knows only a couple of words

I speak Italian, my wife French (but not often) and we live in UK. The only clear word my son says is "mamma". He is actually quite talkative: he often takes the phone and starts "chatting" for a few ...
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How will my toddler pick up one language which seems harder than the other?

Our 16 month old son is just starting to talk. He understands a lot and he's lately saying a number of simple 1 syllable English words (cheese, shoes, pea, cat, dog, duck etc). However, my husband and ...
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Baby boy, preterm birth weight 1.5 kg, needs development help at 18 months

My baby boy was preterm (8.5 months) and low birth weight (1.5 kg). Currently, at 18 months, he is able to stand alone but still not started walking. He is not able to speak more than 3-4 words like "...
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My 14 month old granddaughter doesn't talk, and she doesn't seem to understand.

But she babbles a lot. She only seems interested in actions. She can wave bye-bye, but does not understand what it means. If you say "yay!" she will clap her hands and say "yay". So far, she does ...
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Teaching a third language to a bilingual toddler

I have a 2,5yo who talks English and Hebrew. He is meeting the milestones for his age in both languages as far as I can tell, but I'd guess he is in the bottom quarter as far as language development ...
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What are the stages of child speech and language development?

What are the distinct stages or landmarks or milestones in speech in language development, in the order they're typically reached, and why is it that order? For instance, I know that certain types of ...
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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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What does it mean to "teach a child as teaching an adult..."?

In this video (Alan Watts - On Education and Disney Land), Alan Watts says "teach a child as teaching an adult rather than let the child learn Mickey Mouse" but he doesn't say the reason why. What ...
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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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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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Should I choose a language immersion or regular school for a child with below average language skill?

My daughter (4 yrs 10 months) is bilingual (Japanese,English) and will be starting kindergarten next year. We currently live in the U.S.; her English is capable, but still fragmented and below her ...
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Trilingual child: How to make toddler more confident to speak third/local language?

Our son is almost 3 and speaks decent Spanish (my language) and French (father's language) for his age. We have been using one person one language. But at childcare he practically does not speak the ...
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How to know if 12 month old is talking

I have a 12-month old girl. She understands a few words (like mommy, daddy) and maybe a few words (claps when we say "clap", waves when people say "hi" or "bye"). I can't tell if she's talking or ...
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How do you correct slang or other improper grammar in a pre-schooler?

In our particular cast, our three year old son has developed a habit of responding "uh-huh" instead of "yes", and "uh-uh" instead of "no". This makes it really hard to understand which he's saying at ...
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