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    Re: Baby Talk - Helping Or Hindering?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raimann View Post
    taken from Psychology Today: Baby Talk Hinders Learning

    You all know that when you were young (most of you), your mother and father degraded their speaking ability to that of a retarded mexican immigrant to 'help you' but as this article shows, it might be doing worse. discuss, do u think talking like 'sweetly and simply' helps the baby, or hinders his or her learning.
    I didn't know my father at that point in my life. (Not that I've ever been told anyways.) So I know he didn't have a chance to. I know my grandmother probably did, because she's funny like that because she tells other people it's not a good idea. And I know my mother didn't really do it. She read to us a lot and did her best not to use baby talk. When we started using our own words for things it was a little harder I imagine. Especially cus it's so darned cute.
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    I beleive that it hinders the baby's learning. when i was young, my parents talked to me in polish, and when i was 3, i was fluent in polish (well, as fluent as a baby of 3 that has just learned a language....) i talked to them about this and they believed that yes, 'baby talk' comforts the kid because of the high pitched sounds and the funny words (wa-wa, ba-ba) but in the long run it is doint more damage.
    I agree whole heartedly. It's a proven fact that teaching an infant from the start is the best way for them to learn multiple languages it's harder the older you get. And that includes sign language. It's SO cute too, my best friend does the ABC's in sign language for her almost 1 year old who is starting to verbalize sylables and he watches really intent for a while and will open and close his hand trying to do it too. I think that using baby talk damages a childs way of speach. It would explain why children who aren't really taught to speak right, for an example, my adopted siblings, they were raised sitting infront of the tv with no one practically litterally no one talking to them in person. Not their siblings, they'd been removed from the home, and their parents were addicts and they were HIGHLY neglected. They virtually taught themselves to talk. When they were five and three and came to live with us, the five year old talked like a two year old practically, and the three year old was bairly verbal. So the two make each other make even more sence in my mind, despite them being totally seperate (Before now) conclusions/thoughts.

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    Re: Baby Talk - Helping Or Hindering?

    I don't think that baby talk is necessarily a bad thing for young children up to a certain age, they may not understand what they are hearing for awhile but just the tone of the voice introduces them to affection at an early age.

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    Re: Baby Talk - Helping Or Hindering?

    I think baby talk is not only pointless but just plan wrong.
    When the kid gets older there all like "Why is he retarted." and your response is, "I taught him that!" Yeah fell pround that another poorly taught child has entered in to the world as a spectial need kid when he dosen't drull on the dime. NO BABY TALKING PEOPLE!!! ITS REDUNDENT AND RETARTED!!!
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    Re: Baby Talk - Helping Or Hindering?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raimann View Post
    You all know that when you were young (most of you), your mother and father degraded their speaking ability to that of a retarded mexican immigrant to 'help you' but as this article shows, it might be doing worse. discuss, do u think talking like 'sweetly and simply' helps the baby, or hinders his or her learning.

    I beleive that it hinders the baby's learning. when i was young, my parents talked to me in polish, and when i was 3, i was fluent in polish (well, as fluent as a baby of 3 that has just learned a language....) i talked to them about this and they believed that yes, 'baby talk' comforts the kid because of the high pitched sounds and the funny words (wa-wa, ba-ba) but in the long run it is doint more damage.

    So... on to discussion.

    my parent's were both mexican immigrants and i do find your sentece quite insulting. i was taught spanish when i was a baby quiet fluently and i learned english quite welll without any help from my parents. i know many people who learned english without thier parents help. i believe that perhaps talking to a baby in complete senteces can help but what is most important is the baby or persons desire to comunicate. if a baby or a person desires to comunicate it will find a way no matter what situation the mother and father put them in. after all the parents aren't the only source of learning for young children.
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    Re: Baby Talk - Helping Or Hindering?

    Sangogirl I wish I was taught another language when I was younger but with both of my parents being British, there wasn't any need to. But when I am around a baby, I am sure solking will agree, its natural for me to talk in a sooth calming voice and act younger than I am because it makes the baby laugh. And to some it may not seem like its helping but I feel that talking in baby talk shouldn't be stop because its natural for a mother to alter how they talk so that its easier for them to understand. I mean there is no point saying a list of long words that will simply brush over the babies head.

    In learn I think its always easier to start with basics and not skip a few chapters or that will slow down their learning. We have to crawl before we can walk.
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    Re: Baby Talk - Helping Or Hindering?

    is does both i think its helps because they dont have to say the big word straight away but it also hinders because some babys dont learn to speak untill they are about 6 because there mum or dad have said slang words or baby words to them

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    Re: Baby Talk - Helping Or Hindering?

    well the fact here is that babies learn very quickly, and if they are spoken gibberish, if you will, it will hinder their capability. yes its very cute and might help the baby understand complex ideas such as potty training, but i believe that you should start switching your vocabulary around the age of 1. more and more you should encorperate more normal words and take out the sweet la-la words. Also, this baby talk is worse if the child is in preschool. ya i know, HOW, you ask. well if the teacher and the kids around speak normally, yet your used to the gibberish, wont you find it difficult to speak and understand to a degree. but in the end it all depends on how your family is structured


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    Re: Baby Talk - Helping Or Hindering?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sazzy View Post
    But Its interesting to see that the people who think its hindering at mostly males. Makes me wonder if secretly men do speak baby talk without knowing when they do it. As a female, its kind of natural to do baby talk because its a mother instinct to try and bond with a child.

    to me males do it because it makes the baby laugh. i believe females do it for the same reason but the females i know only did baby talk until the baby was 3 months old and they told everyone else to stop it to. because they wanted the baby to understand in better terms.
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