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 Lauren and the Letter F
Lauren is always amazing us with her constant vocabulary and pronunciation improvements with one big exception: the letter F. She just doesn't make the F sound. Instead she uses W for most words and Sh for a few more, so we often hear wireplace, wix, woot, wace, winger, and shish. In our efforts to help her learn the phonetics of F, we often ask her to repeat a word after hearing us say it while watching our mouths. It never works, though. She hears F and says W. Read on for the rest of the story.

One of Lauren's favorite treats is popsicles, so I often hear, "Daddy, popsicle in da weezer," to which I reply "You want a popsicle from the freezer, Lauren?" Instead, today I teased her saying "You want a popsicle from the weezer, Lauren?"

"No, daddy, da weezer!" she insisted.

"Oh, from the weezer?" I persisted. Certain that I was having some trouble saying the word, Lauren decided to teach me the correct pronunciation.

"No Daddy, look, my mouth: WEEZER!"

I smiled and said, "Oh! The Freezer!"

"Yes, Daddy."

So, I opened the weezer and handed her a popsicle.

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