At what age do you think a child should be able to hold a two-way conversation?

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  1. slaffery profile image60
    slafferyposted 12 years ago

    At what age do you think a child should be able to hold a two-way conversation?

  2. Jeromeo profile image61
    Jeromeoposted 12 years ago

    Children start to learn in the womb.  If you play music for them to listen to during pregnancy it will help them to begin to identify different sound structures.  And they will also learn to identify your voice and the voices of others who talk to them before they are born.

    It should not be surprising to have your child articulate an answer to a question or response to something you may have said, after they are born.

    Short answer as soon as they start to mumble in response to your ga-ga goo-goos, its time for you to get smart, and raise the conversation to the next level.

  3. michelleonly3 profile image91
    michelleonly3posted 12 years ago

    Every child is different. There are things that factor into a child's understanding of language. Such as children who are around adults tend to articulate sooner and better than children who are primarily around other children. If children are spoken to like adults they rather than with baby talk they progress faster. My first son said his first word at one month old (no exaggeration). My father taught him to say the word "hey". Most babies are at 3-5 months for their first word. By the age of two all children should be speaking in full sentences rather than one word response.

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      Aysporty69posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I thot you said every child are different. ?  But you said all child should be able to talk by 2year old.

    2. gmwilliams profile image83
      gmwilliamsposted 6 years agoin reply to this


  4. MonetteforJack profile image71
    MonetteforJackposted 12 years ago

    Every child is different.  As soon as the child can communicate, in any way, the adult should listen and this would start a conversation.

  5. shea duane profile image60
    shea duaneposted 12 years ago

    I know kids who could do so at age 4... but my son is 12 and he still can't answer a yes or no question. lol

  6. Allen Williams profile image69
    Allen Williamsposted 12 years ago

    It varies with each child.  Both of my children were putting sentences together between ages 2 and 3.  They spoke words long before that but full sentence responses, even though not 100% understandable were between ages 2 and 3.

    My grandson is putting sentences together now and he is not quite 2 1/2.  Some of his words are not real clear but after being around him for a while, you know what he is saying and when you respond to him properly, you see the expression on his face that you understood perfectly.  He gets all excited then and will continue to talk.

    An example of a sentence that I know what he is saying but some words are not exactly right is, "I want fruit snacks".  His version of that sentence is "I want fruke nacks".  It isn't perfect but it is easy to know what he means.  Another one is when he says that he has to go to the potty.  The sentence he is trying to say is, "I got to go potty".  He will say, "I gotta go pottyot".  For some reason he says the word potty with 3 syllables.  For now, I don't see that as a problem.  We keep saying the correct word to him and eventually he will say it right.  The important thing is to acknowledge that he is talking and that he is understood.  By speaking back to him in proper English will correct the incorrect pronunciations over time.

    As long as you keep talking to the child the way you would talk to an adult, (minus bad language of course) the child will eventually pick up the correct words and put them together in proper sentences.  To be sure that the child is on the right track and not having a learning problem, I would keep regular check ups with a Pediatrician so the progress can be monitored.  Don't stress over hearing another kid talking better than you kid.  They all learn at their own pace and it doesn't make them dumb or slow just because they seem like they might be behind another child near the same age.  Relax!

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      Aysporty69posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for the word of advice. . I was start to get worried . Cuz my son is 2 now and his not  putting 2 sentence together.  It's just me and him in the house. As you said very child are different.

      1. Jean Bakula profile image94
        Jean Bakulaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Maybe he's just going to be a quiet person, who only speaks when he has something to say! Or just isn't ready yet.

        Try reading to him more, especially when you see what's interesting to him. My adult son could converse and be in a simple two way conversation at two, and could read pretty well at 3. He was an only child though, so he had a lot of attention. He tried to take over story time all the time when he was in Kindergarten. Once he got mad at me when I ordered for him at a restaurant, complaining the waitress would think he couldn't read the menu.

        But I think every child learns at their own pace, that's most important.

        And we NEVER allowed "baby talk" either. They understand more than they speak. Talk to him more and take him out to get him used to listening to other kids his age. Or keep chatting with him during the day if it's just the two of you. Work on vocabulary. I'm sure once he starts, he will never stop.

        1. gmwilliams profile image83
          gmwilliamsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Excellent answer.   I think that a child should be able to hold a two way conversation at two years of age.

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    m721ploofposted 10 years ago

    My daughter at 2 years old could have a full on adult conversation with me. Her Dr said she was speaking at a 4 year old level. We never EVER used baby talk where any pediatrician will advise you not to do so. She is a very smart 3 year old now and corrects her older brother when he says words wrong. I'm very proud. Start using adult language with them and speaking to them full on before a year. She put sentences together at a year... I.e: " I love you mumma"

  8. sybol profile image62
    sybolposted 6 years ago

    As soon as they are able to communicate. At birth children begin to take in information. Through their senses they receive multitudes of information. Their brains are developing and they are processing this information. Therefore when they begin to talk to you or communicate where you understand them they are able to hold a two-way conversation. If they ask for something or ask a question they expect an answer. They will most likely respond to that answer. Their part of the conversation will be based on what is inside of them just as your conversation will be based on what is inside of you. But they are having a two-way conversation.


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