The Waiting Game – Helping Children Develop Language

Between the ages of two and four, children learn language at an amazing speed. They are learning new words daily; when children turn two, they normally have a vocabulary of around 150 words. When they are three, their vocabulary has exploded to around a 1,000 words! (To read more about their increasing vocabulary, click here.) Not only are children this age learning new words, their grammar and pronunciation are improving as well. Also, during this time most children will begin to learn letters, and will be able to recognize and begin writing them.

If a hearing loss problem starts at birth, it can lead to other problems especially when it comes to the speech and language function. Sign language can be a possible alternative considering how we through our ears and babies with this kind of problem do not easily develop their speech. With regard to gradual hearing loss problems in adults, such can lead to bouts with depression because it tends to affect the person more on a psychological level.

A great way to motivate yourself is to set goals. For example, you can set a goal to be able to have a short conversation with a native speaker in your new language or to watch a movie in your target language and understand at least 50% of it. Without motivation, there is no action and there are no results. Effective learners have clear goals.

People who learn languages quickly can do it because they are REALLY devoted to learning a new language. They spend a lot of time practicing even if it’s frustrating. Japanese can certainly be frustrating, but if you really want to learn it, you can do it. You need to develop a habit to study and practice your Japanese as often as you can – even every day for a few hours.

There are many sites (for example Italki or Polyglot Learn Language) for people who are looking for language pen pals. You can look for some native American speakers and speak with them on Skype in exchange for a conversation in your native language.

There are many techniques to learn a language fast and it would be a very big help if you study in the same place and at the same time. Creating a familiar setting for your brain will make it easier for you to learn.

Above all, have fun with him. This kind of play is for anyone. Even relatives who ‘don’t know how to talk to children’ will love to join in tea parties, in dressing dolly games and in pretending to bath teddy and put him to bed.

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