JD’s Language Development


Diary of a SAHM

A few years back, I came across a TED Talk video – “Deb Roy: The Birth of a Word.” In this video, Deb Rob, an MIT researcher, shared his study on how his infant son learned language. You can read more about the experiment here and here. In short, he “wired” the whole house to record the language that his child received and produced from the moment the infant was brought home. 

Personally, I’ve always had an interest in language development in children. I’m curious to find out how they come to understand and speak a language, how they learn their ABC’s and so on. So, sometime in September’14, when JD was around 17mo, I started to keep a record of his utterances. It’s rather fascinating to observe his language development from unintelligible babbling to comprehensible words and now, simple 2-3 word sentences. I’ll “park” the list here for future reference.

12-18 months old

Mama
Jaybiya
Baba
Tata
Tapita
Papa
谢谢 (xie xie = thank you)
妹妹 (mei mei = younger sister)
弟弟 (di di = younger brother)
Che che (hokkien for older sister)
Daddy
Chubby
Baby

饿饿 (er er = hungry)
Mammi ar
Take
拿(na = to take)
宝贝 (bao bei = dear/precious)
Up
Egg
Ouh Ouh (dog)
猫 (Mao = cat)
Nen nen (milk)

19 months old

臭臭 (chou chou = smelly)
Turtle
Bear
Sit
一 二 (yi er = one two)
Mah mah (to address his grandmother)
要 (yao = want)
坐车 (zuo che = go for a car ride)
Shoes
Soup
不要 (bu yao =  don’t want)
布 (bu = kitchen towel)

抹抹  (ma ma = to wipe)
收 (shou = to put away/keep)
One two three
Play
Dog
Poo poo
Pee pee
Potty
Ball
Eyo (referring to rero)
Bot (short for robot)
Papple (apple)
踏踏 (ta ta = to step on something)
Teito (referring to potato)
Nana (referring to Minion/ short for banana)
Ter (short for water)
抱抱 (bao bao = to hug/carry)

20 months old

Duck
Pop popopo pop (chicken sound)
Bread
Tar (referring to car)
Hug
Hot

烧 (shao = hot)
Fish
Shirt
Atutu (??)
Bird
Newt (referring to milk)
Pis (for please)
Eye
Nose
Mouth
Head
Cheek
Bum bum
Sowee (for sorry)
Bag
Book
Choo choo (referring to train)
Bable (referring to table)
Clock
Four five six
Eight nine
Tei (ten)
Door
Teitu (for thank you)
Truck
Key

21 months old

Men (short for amen)
Pray
Bye
Up there
Bed
Chin up
Bow (for elbow)
Knee
Pippo (referring to hippopotamus)
Cat
有, 没有 (you, mei you = have, don’t have)
Wait
Kiss
Down

跌倒 (tie dao = fell down)
湿湿 (shi shi = wet)
抱抱 please (bao bao = please carry me)
Walk walk
走 (zou = walk)
Fat
Socks
Fook (referring to frog)
Fur (referring to flower)
Neck
Hand
Leg
Night (short for good night)
Love you
Sure
Come
Name
喝 (he = to drink)
Eat / 吃 (chi)
Tle (short for kettle)
Bus
Bike (short for motorbike)
Shayne (referring to himself, short for Joshayne)
You
Are
Sky
High / 高高 (ga0 ga0)
Star
Red
Purple
Grange (for orange)
Green
Blue
Night
Ear
好 (hao = good)
Help
Light
Rain
Brella (short for umbrella)
Swatch / shart (referrring to watch)
Pull
Push
Spush (referring to spoon)
Wall
Yi yi (hokkien for aunty)
Koko (hokkien for older brother)
Gong gong (to address his grandfather)
舅舅 (jiu jiu = uncle)
Tioh tioh (hokkien for uncle)
Goat
羊羊 (yang yang = goat)
Fly (short for butterfly)
Ant
Van
Car
Train
Sicle (referring to bicycle)
Yeah

22 months old

Pen (short for open) /开 (kai)
Close / 关 (guan)
Turn
Fold / 折 (zhe)
Yoyo
Xi (short for gong xi 恭喜)
K’you (short for thank you)
Uncle
Round
Town
Fridge
Nice
Kueh
Cake
Rice
Plane
Pants
Bau (short for hung bao 红包)
Go
Light
Good
Rice
Cup
Spoon
Fork
Bowl
Right
Mouse
Pig
Phan (short for elephant)
Met (short for helmet)
头 (tou = head)

面面 (mian mian = noodles)
Please help
Top (short for laptop)
Slide
Swing
See saw
Finished
Tongue
Teeth
Hair

Feet
Leg / 脚 (jiao)

23 months old

Moon
Wheels
Over
Baa baa
Sheep
Orange
Swish
洗手 (xi shou = wash hand)
Wash
Press / 压压 (ya ya)
Throw / 丢 (diu)
Kick / 踢 (ti)
Flush
Fill, refill
Draw
Cuum (short for vacuum)
给 (gei = give)
Rub
Bite / 咬 (yao)
Stop
Read book
Phone
Tweet tweet tweet
Blink
Wing
Tail
Mirror
Bumper
Dow (short for window)
Boat
Quack quack
Moo moo
Growl
Horse
Zebra
Key (short for monkey)
Kern (short for chicken)
Guin (short for penguin)
Cockroach
Dile (short for crocodile)
Neck
Thumb

Toes
Sweet corn
Plum
Fu (short for tofu)
Kret (referring to carrot)
Melon (short for watermelon)
Nion (short for onion)
Cream (short for ice cream)
Milo
Ghurt (short for yoghurt)
Cheese
Tea
Red bean
Yum (referring to Calciyum)
Yakult
Twelve
Mug
Knife
Pot
Table
Chair
Toothbrush
Pillow
Box
House
Football

痛痛 (tong tong = painful)
Ty (dirty)
Dark / 暗暗 (an an)
Cold / 冷冷 (leng leng)
Big
重重 (zhong zhong = heavy)
Yellow
Black
Brown
Pink
White
Hi, Hey
Over
Yes, No
On, Off

Joshayne’s Vocabulary at 2 Years of Age

Word I

Word II

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2 responses to “JD’s Language Development

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