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|Subject:||Influence of L1 Syllable Structure on L2 of Two-Year-Old|
|Question:||Hi, I am a Japanese mother of a two-year-old daughter. We live in Japan and she goes to a local nursery school, 8:30am to 6pm, five days a week. She does not learn English there, but I hope my daughter gets familier with English so I started to play English videos made for little children, about 1hour, about 5 days a week, since she was half a year. Now she started to repeat words heard from the videos, but I started to notice that her word pronunciation is always CVCV structured. For example, ''clock'' is like ''kurokku'' and ''fish'' is like ''fishu''. When I watch the videos with her, I always pronounce the words as they are pronounced in the video (I am near-native). And no one but me speaks to her in English, so there is no chance that she hears wrongly pronounced English words. Japanese is a CVCV structured so I understand that would occur to those who has acquired Japanese, but I wonder if two-year-olds' pronunciation has already shaped to their native languages, and will not accept second language-peculiar pronunciation (CVC). I would appreciate any comments or references I can turn to. Thank you, Mikiko Tsumura|
|Reply:||The speech of most 2-year old native speakers of English would be mostly CVCV, often repeated (such as 'mama', 'dada', 'choo-choo'). Children find consonant clusters hard and cannot be expected to get them right until they are much older. Making mistakes in language acquisition is to be expected. Don't worry about correctness -- it's the message that counts. You seem to be relying more on the videos than on living speech. Small children seem to learn from speech in a living context. Rather than watching videos in English you might want to spend the time in playing in English with your daughter, singing songs and playing games with her, and talking about things around you. Anthea|
|Reply From:||Anthea Fraser Gupta click here to access email|