Proper Pronunciation? Bla, Bla, Bla...
There's no exact science to how he chooses to pronounce words. The only constant in all of this is that his words and mispronunciation of them are well, cute. When he yells, Mummy TT (translation: Mom turn on the TV) or Daddy shoon (translation: Will daddy be home soon? I sure hope so...) my heart melts inside. His little voice and the innocence of his words turn me into mush. This is not much of a problem, except I think his words are so cute that I reinforce them and use them myself. Everyday I catch myself saying...
"Would you like mommy to turn on the TT?"
"Would you like your baba?"
"Do you want to say hi to Shu?"
So, even today, I'm still not correcting him. Oh, I know I should, but I think the mental block is this...if I correct him, he will learn to say it right, and then I won't ever have the pleasure of hearing his little voice say these words again (did I say they are soooo cute? Yeah, right. I know I already mentioned this.)
Do you catch yourself using baby words instead of grown-up words? Do you think children 's mispronunciations need to be corrected right away?