DD, 3yo, is just getting into the swing of the language thing.
Today she is speaking with a pronounced glottal stop. wa'er, and four'een, etc.
It is part of the regional dialect. She goes to nursery. It doesn't bug me on other people. I have an American/English/Caribbean mixed up accent so who am I to judge. But I can't help but hear it from dd. I think I am being a saddo.
imo what is important is clarity and fluency. children pick up all sorts of accents Think the worse thing you can do is to correct them as they will then start being hesitant. By all means repeat it back "your way" if you want but i wouldn't stop them to get them to say it properly.
Yes, agree with witchesandchips about picking up on it excessively - can cause hesitation - saw this with one of my son's friends for exactly that reason. Still say you should encourage her to say it properly one a 'repeat it back once' basis though.
i am scared of over criticising her speech which is why I have come here for direction instruction.
I told dh on the phone about her glottal stop and he was amazed at how pronounced it suddenly has appeared when he got home tonigh. He doesn't speak with the stop either so she didn't learn it at home.
My DD (almost 3) has started saying 'Oi loike roiding my troike' instead of 'I like riding my trike' recently. It might be a local accent thing as we live in Sussex, but he hasn't picked up any other aspects of the local accent, and I can't think of anyone who talks like that. He's a very good mimic btw and was an early talker. Anyone else had a child do this one? We do correct him gently sometimes, but don't want to make a big deal about it.