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When kids first start talking is the pronunciation usually wrong?

My 2 year old (3 in April) is speech delayed. He is just now started to mimic and label everything. And in the past month he has tons of new words but most of them sound nothing like the actual word. I just know what he's saying b/c it's always that word.

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:36 PM on Dec. 4, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • yeah that's normal

    Answer by Justins_mommy05 at 7:38 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • Yes, it is normal, just keep correcting him instead of understanding his way of saying things.

    Answer by older at 7:39 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • Yes. When children start talking they mimic it to the best of their ability. Words like "No", "Yes", and other simple words usually come out like they're supposed to. However, most of their words come out only how they are able to pronounce them. Whether it be a letter is missing, a wrong letter is used, or something of that nature. As they get older they start to correct themselves. Which can be within a few weeks to a year, depending on the child.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 7:40 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • yes. But don't reinforce the mispronunciations or think it is cute...correct it and teach the right way to say words.

    Answer by kerp1960 at 7:41 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • Yes. Just keep repeating the correct way to pronounce things, don't correct him or say .NO it's this way. Just repeat what he said using the correct pronouncation.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 7:44 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • I do that. Just keep repeating it back the right way.

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 7:47 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • Yes, they cant see your tongue moving, so they are trying to mimic your mouth movement and emphasis placement. It gets better the more they hear the correct way, in the meantime keep a journal of all the cute pronounciations and "made up" words you hear, because looking back at it will make you smile.

    Answer by new_mom808 at 8:50 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • it is normal, if you are uncertain see a speech therapist she will be articulate sooner than ever just keep talking to her and practice speech with her emphacizing each syllable..Good luck....


    Answer by GINSMUM123 at 10:26 AM on Dec. 5, 2010

  • My son is speech delayed, he will be 3 in May so he is just a month behind yours. It is totally normal for them to do that. IN fact our son basically has his own language and will say whatever in his own language so our developmental therapist told us to give him words to use. So like if he points to the TV and says something and we can at least understand like a word we try to say what we think he said back to him correctly. Make sense? Just keep repeating back the correct pronunciation. Another thing right now is instead of saying "mommy" our son says "monny" so we are working on saying that correctly right now.


    Answer by Mipsy at 11:54 AM on Dec. 5, 2010

  • Yes. My 17 month old says alot of things different. Hes saying the word and you can tell its the word, but he doesnt say it correctly. On some of them that is. Most of them he says correctly. But like fumble, he says mumble instead. And brother, he says brodor instead. I dont try and correct him because i dont want him to feel bad for saying it the wrong way, i just say yeah, that is your brother and say it correctly. It takes a while for the tongue coordination to develop to make the sounds of every letter and every letter combination.

    Answer by carsonsmommytam at 1:47 PM on Dec. 6, 2010

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