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"Ta" exclaims your child with a smile while pointing to the toy he covets. You find his repertoire still very limited. Yet he is already talking ... in his own way. It's up to you to encourage him.
Learning to speak is natural. It is by listening to you that your toddler begins to stammer his first words. Between 10 months and 3 years, not everyone learns to speak at the same pace, but they go through the same steps.
From babbling to first words
- At the end of his first year, your baby recognizes and imitates his mother tongue. His babbling only contains sounds resembling the language he hears. You do not yet distinguish words, but one or more syllables like "ta", "ma", sometimes grouped, "baba".
- To be better understood, your toddler uses gestures and intonation changes. His eyes, his finger pointing, the expression of his face are part of the spoken message and help you to interpret it. His word takes the form of affirmations, interrogations, orders and calls. Even if there are no real words, it seems that there are already real sentences. As if he hummed a song whose words he did not know!
- Pgradually, he goes from word to word. To say "goodbye", you first hear "ava", "aba", then "ovoi" with a wave of your hand. From 18 months, he combines words into rudimentary sentences. He abandons little by little the gestures of the hand. After 2 years, he makes longer sentences with more and more words.
To speak is to grow
By dint of listening to him talk and bathe in a universe of words, your toddler understands very quickly what is said and naturally seeks to express themselves.
- Each one's rhythm. Between 1 and 2 years old, the little ones have a lot to learn: they walk, explore their environment, use the pot. Each child approaches these experiences differently, some are more "engines" and can access the language later. Others, calm and observant, will babble early and make faster constructed sentences.