The peculiar world of toddler word acquisition

I am fascinated to watch how S is picking up new words. I would have thought he would start with easy to pronounce words that he hears most frequently, this seems logical. However, he has picked up some words very quickly after only hearing them a few times, while others he’s heard for over 2 years… he doesn’t even attempt.

puff

S’s current favourite words – Puff and mist!

According to the Language Development Survey, these are the most common first 25 words for toddlers.  S can say 9 of these, the one’s in bold, in either Spanish or English.

Mummy (Mama)
Daddy (Papa)
Baby
Milk
Juice
Hello
Ball
Yes (Si (ee))
No
Dog
Cat (Ca)
Nose
Eye
Banana
Biscuit
Car
Hot
Thank you
Bath
Shoe
Hat
Book
All gone
More
Bye bye

However, he has also got a strange array of vocabulary including crack, mist, twist and stick.  He’s definitely progressing faster in English now… today he came home from nursery with two new words…. home and work!

I’d be interested to hear about the words your toddlers are using, are they sticking to the usual suspects or picking up some more exotic ones?

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3 thoughts on “The peculiar world of toddler word acquisition

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