I google on this subject today. Most articles that I read have the same conclusion. At two years old, a child is expected to have at least fifty words in their vocabulary and to be saying two and three word phrases. We can expect him/her to answer simple questions too.
Okay, that’s a good one. I’m going to do a quick count of the number of words that Little Edison has spoken (clearly) to-date.
Papa, Mama, Yeye (grandfather), Ah-Ma (grandmother), Gong-gong, Popo, Kakak, baby
Crocs, book, bus, car, mug, star, moon, cloud, balloon
Cat, dog, ant, bee, rabbit, fly, fish
Yakult, egg, bread, grapes, pear, lime, orange, ice
Eat, study, walk, wear, shower, go home, up, down, poo, pee, bite
Red, purple, pink, brown, black, white, green, blue, orange
One to ten (occasionally he will skip #7)
Hi, bye-bye, no more, don’t know, don’t want, more
Tou (head), jiao (leg), ya (tooth), shou (hand), papa, mama, ye-ye, nai-nai, ge-ge, di-di, jie-jie, mei-mei
Great! He has more than fifty words in his vocabulary now. Recently, he has started to say two-three word phrases spontaneously and construct simple sentences.
The other day, Daddy was not working. He was about to leave the house at 6pm to fetch me from my office. Little Edison ran to him and said “I want Mummy!” Apparently, he wanted to tag-along with Daddy to fetch me. I was so touched when MIL told me about this incident.
Last night, my helper told him that she will be going home next year. Little Edison replied “Go home, kakak. Bye-bye!” He doesn’t seem to be bothered about my helper’s return next year. He is just so funny at times.
Speech continues to develop at an amazing rate for Little Edison. I’m waiting for him to say “I love you, mummy!” These words will definitely touch my heart like nothing else can.