When you listen to parents talk to their kids, it may seem like they have their own language. Between ba-ba and uppie (say what?), parents have a different way of communicating.
When speaking to babies, parents speak slowly in a higher pitched voice and tend to repeat phrases. Similarly many nursery rhymes slow down the speaking process and include repetition to help children learn. When children learn to speak and later to read, they acquire what linguists call “phoneme awareness,” which means we aren’t born with the sounds of language in our heads, but rather we learn what the discreet, separate parts of sounds are as we learn language. Children do not automatically know when one word starts and another begins.
Let's take a look at the most common words and phrases we use with children in these ways ... hey, parents, we're ready to learn your language.