Like most learning, speech is primarily learned by imitation of mother or care taker.

1. Sing to your child. Words are easier to learn if sung.

2. Make like a speaker and just keep talking. Always encourage whatever baby utters.

3. Spend at least 30 minutes to one hour with your child. Keep talking, playing and do creative stuff together.

4. Expose your child to more playmates than playthings. Interaction with children of the same age would stimulate his speech.

5. Consider your child’s interest. “Ma, ball,” your child might say. Instead of just an indifferent “yes,” the mother can say, “Yes, that’s a big, blue ball that bounces.”

6. Walk around the neighborhood and interact with neighbors with your child. Expand your child’s experience.

7. Add to his vocabulary. Point out objects to him and say, “See that—that’s a building. Buildings are tall structures that can serve as houses or offices.”

8. Act as interpreter for a stranger or a friend. “If the child cannot comprehend another person’s dialogue, make it clearer for the child. Help your child in such social situations.”

9. Do not laugh at or criticize mispronunciation.“If he mispronounced or misused a word, don’t criticize him. Doing so might just frustrate him. Paying attention is also a form of encouragement. If nobody listens to the child, he may choose to just keep quiet,”

10. Let him watch less TV programs and interact more with humans.