Yes, I could continue ranting about the insanity over here, but I’m sure you’re as tired of reading about it as I am of writing about it. So now, for something completely different…
I have been very lucky in the sense that neither of my kids have ever struggled with language. They were both always comfortably in the average range for their age, and sometimes seemingly well above average. They have good vocabularies and are generally very easy for most people to understand when they speak. Their pronunciation has improved as they’ve gotten older, with no intervention from us. While I do make it a point to pronounce words correctly when I talk to them or repeat back what they’ve said, I don’t do it in a pointed, correcting kind of way. I just talk. That’s it.
They have also shown an interest in trying new words just for the fun of it, and both are consciously trying to pronounce “L” and “TH” correctly, which is pretty neat to watch.
In the meantime, they have a few consistent mispronunciations that I have actually stopped my husband from attempting to correct. I just love them so much, and I know they’ll be fixed on their own in time. So, for the moment, I just want to revel in them.
coconuts = “poconuts”
backpack = “pack-pack”
umbrella = “bwing-gwew-wa” (it’s a weird one, but they both say it the same way)
remote = “ma-rote”
kite = “tite”
And, best of all, Daniel’s rendition of the chorus to “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” from Mary Poppins.
Wet’s go fwy a tite
Up fwoo da highest heights
Wet’s go fwy a tite
And send it snoring.
Up fwoo de atmosphere
Up where de air is cwear.
Oh, wet’s go…. fwy a tite!
So, what are your all-time favorite toddler mispronounciations?
We’ve had our share of those in the past that sounded lewd, especially when Daniel was obsessed with flags and would SHOUT anytime he saw a flagpole, “Flag on a stick! Flag on a stick!” Except, well… the “l” in flag was dropped, and the “st” in stick came out more like a “d.” It was alarming.