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The Second Year

Written by : DoctorNDTV Team
Checked by : Dr N Ananthakrishnan
Head of Department of Surgery,
JIPMER, Pondicherry

The child is now going to learn to classify objects in groups. She may not
be able to make complex, fine differentiations. She will often be using the same word to describe objects sharing one or more common feature. Thus, while she may call two different objects by the same name, she will know the difference between.

The child’s vocabulary is constantly expanding and she will first learn those words that are most relevant in order to control and relate to her environment, e.g. names of people, toys, food etc. The rate at which she should learn new words should be between one and three words a month. By the time she is two years old, her vocabulary should extend to about 200 words. The child will now be able to formulate sentences that are more complex.

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