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The order that children learn sounds

In English we master sounds in the order outlined below:

  • By 2 years old


  • There are lots of new sounds by 3 years

         b, t, d, k, g, m, n, ng, f, h, y, w


  • We continue to consolidate by 4 years

         v, s, z, sh, ch, j, l


  • By 5 years

        th (voiced – as in ‘this’)

        zh (the middle sound in measure)

       and r


  • By 6 years we have all the sounds including

        th (unvoiced – as in ‘think’)


With those sounds we can put together any words we need!

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