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Hashimi
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13 October 2015 at 11:29am | IP Logged 

In what age does children's speech become clearly understood yet simple?

I'll be delighted if I can speak 5 languages, for example, fluently like 10-years old
children. I think in certain age, children can express any idea clearly using limited
vocabulary
. How can we know this age and the vocabulary used by children at this age?
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Most kids can communicate well by age 3 (some earlier, some later). There are other factors such as cultural. Growing up in a traditional family, we were taught to respect our elders and not talk directly to anyone who is older unless being spoken to. Under such circumstance when a child is not encouraged to communicate freely, it's hard to determine how much a child actually picks up.

Theoretically a child can pick up a language more easily than an adult. In many cases multiple languages in a nurturing environment.
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14 October 2015 at 7:55am | IP Logged 
Hashimi wrote:
How can we know this age and the vocabulary used by children at this age?


Through looking at corpuses of vocabulary used in one's native language by children of X age. PBS
(Public Broadcasting Service - a US TV network that has, among other things, a lot of
educational shows aimed at children) estimates that the average 5 year old in the US knows 4,000-
5,000 words and will learn another 3,000 words within the next 12 months. Their 3,000 words per
year rate of aquisition holds true through 9 years old in their estimation. You can find more
information
here.
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Hashimi
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14 October 2015 at 11:06am | IP Logged 

I found this great resource for the most common 2500 words in children's vocabulary:

http://www.lextutor.ca/cgi-bin/vp/kids/kid_list_display/inde x.pl




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