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Should I worry that my two year old mispronounces words?

It is quite normal for a two year old to mispronounce words. Many sounds are very difficult for little children to pronounce, especially those sounds that are made at the back of the throat. The reason why they don't have a problem with sounds such as “p,” “b,” and “m” is because they can watch your lips as you say the words, and then copy them.

Most people find little children's speech rather cute, and really enjoy listening to toddlers talking. While your two year olds mispronunciation is nothing to worry about, it is a good idea to encourage the correct way to say the words, by looking at books together with lots of pictures in them, and get them to point at the pictures and name the objects.

Another way is to have plenty of face to face chats with your toddler, so that he or she can see you as you talk and use you as a model when he or she tries to say the words themselves.
Correcting your child when he mispronounces a word can damage his self confidence. It is far better to just let him get along with it at his own pace – the words will eventually come out right!

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