Talk to them. Honestly that's one of the best ways to encourage a child to talk. Ask them to say words and repeat the words a couple of times to encourage them to say them. Talk to them like a child and not like an infant, that's important to. Help build their confidence by praising them when they at least attempt to say a word, then repeat the word how it's properly said.
With my two year old I say the words a couple of times properly and then praise his attempts. Then repeat it one more time just to show him how it's properly said. Now he's different then most kids. He doesn't speak very much, but when he says words he repeats them over and over to me to see if he's saying them right. When I repeat it he'll repeat it. He's very specific and precise about things, and words are no exception.
at 10:44 PM on Mar. 1, 2011