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Have you ever wondered how a person learns to speak? Speaking is a process that we start to develop from infancy. From the time we were born, our speech development starts. Infants, because of their interaction with their parents, or whoever is caring for them, gradually, develop understanding of the sounds they hear from their caregivers in relation to the caregivers’ facial expressions and actions. In turn, infants respond to the signals and language that they hear from their caregivers, thus speech is slowly created and formed.

In a normal development, babbling would be a part of a common procedure of a person’s language acquisition. At five to seven months, infants begin to utter some meaningless sounds. It’s because at this stage, they seem to be experimenting with language. You may hear a baby make some cooing sound or just babbling sound specially if he is in a very calm mood. Beginning at the age of 1, one or two-word utterances may be spoken by children whereby they also begin to realize that words they hear have significance. They start acquiring familiar vocabulary such as family members’ names, common objects and parts of the body.

As the baby gets older, the simple utterances become short sentences, usually, consisting of four words. Subsequently, additional vocabulary is added to the first words he uses such that he has about 200 words he can string easily to make simple sentences. He can also understand and perform simple tasks such as when told “Give the book to mama.” Normally, strangers and other individuals can understand majority of what the child is saying after the child turns 3.