Daily Prompt: Slur

In response to daily post’s  one-word prompt : Slur

I’ve had the experience of coming into contact with little babies and toddlers. Though not all, there are some who speak unclearly. I have no idea what causes this, I know their speech gets clearer as they grow up.

One of my cousins had trouble with the ‘K,’  sound  he’d either replace it with an ‘H’ or a ‘T’. Years later I saw him, I was amazed his problem with the sound of ‘K’ had disappeared.

Curious as I always was I said, ‘hey Sanu, how did you learn the sound of ‘K?’

He told me when he went to school his teacher recognized his problem, who made him say, ‘K’ pointing the sound comes from the throat, the teacher asked him to  pronounce the,  ‘K’ sound  after him, my cousin watched him and then imitated the teacher by repeatedly making the  ‘K’ sound , until he learned not to say ‘H’ but ‘K.’ I thought it was interesting. His teacher was not a ‘Speech Therapist,’  but what he was able to do was remarkable.

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8 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Slur

  1. Dear Ranu,

    It is amazing how much we pick up by simply mimicking how others do things. Whether it’s how to pronounce a letter, or how to communicate well with others, we learn largely by imitating those who influence us.

    All good wishes,

    robert

    • Dear Robert,
      When I saw my cousin I was very young and could not understand
      how he was able to pronounce the, ‘K’ so well. My immediate reaction
      was, ‘WOW what a great teacher!’ Yes if we humans decide to imitate
      someone about anything we can, this is where, the word, ‘Will’ comes to mind,
      Which we are studying now. Am I right? 🙂

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