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Quick Tips (available bilingually in 17 languages)

We have produced a series of quick tips for parents and practitioners to help children develop good talking and listening skills. Each sheet is available bilingually in 17 languages. Copies can be downloaded below and photocopied free of charge. Please bear in mind that each file is quite large and will take a few minutes to download. You will need Acrobat Reader to download each sheet.

Scroll down the page to download the following quick tips:

For more information contact talktoyourbaby@literacytrust.org.uk. Please note that printed copies are not available.

Think there’s a language missing? If you would like to see another language available then perhaps you could sponsor a translation? Please contact us for more information on how to go about doing this.

Quick tips - say hello to your new baby

Talking to your baby from day one will help the two of you get to know each other, and gives your child a great start in life. These quick tips will help you enjoy "conversations" with your baby right from the start.

English only
English and Arabic
English and Bengali
English and Chinese
English and Estonian
English and French
English and Gujarati
English and Norwegian
English and Panjabi
English and Polish
English and Portugese
English and Romanian (translation courtesy of Acorns British Style Nursery in Bucharest)
English and Somali (translation courtesy of Hillbrook Children's Centre)
English and Swedish
English and Tamil
English and Turkish
English and Urdu
English and Welsh
English with a blank space for your own translation

Quick tips - dummies and talking

Babies like to suck, so dummies can help soothe at bedtime or when your baby is tired or cross. But regular and extended use of a dummy can create problems with your child's speech. For more information download a copy of our quick tips below.

English only
English and Arabic
English and Bengali
English and Chinese
English and Estonian
English and French
English and Gujarati
English and Norwegian
English and Panjabi
English and Polish
English and Portugese
English and Romanian (translation courtesy of Acorns British Style Nursery in Bucharest)
English and Somali (translation courtesy of Hillbrook Children's Centre)
English and Swedish
English and Tamil
English and Turkish
English and Urdu
English and Welsh
English with a blank space for your own translation

Quick tips - talk to your baby in your own language

The best way to help your child learn to talk is to talk to him as much as possible in your own language - it doesn't have to be English. For more advice download a copy of our quick tips below.

English only
English and Arabic
English and Bengali
English and Chinese
English and Estonian
English and French
English and Gujarati
English and Norwegian
English and Panjabi
English and Polish
English and Portuguese
English and Romanian (translation courtesy of Acorns British Style Nursery in Bucharest)
English and Somali (translation courtesy of Hillbrook Children's Centre)
English and Swedish
English and Tamil
English and Turkish
English and Urdu
English and Welsh
English with a blank space for your own translation

Quick tips - making the most of television

Like adults, young children sometimes feel tired or stressed and want to relax by watching television. Used in the right way, television can be beneficial. But too much can be harmful, so it's important to find the right balance. Find out how by downloading a copy of our quick tips below.

English only
English and Arabic
English and Bengali
English and Chinese
English and Estonian
English and French
English and Gujarati
English and Norwegian
English and Panjabi
English and Polish
English and Portuguese
English and Romanian (translation courtesy of Acorns British Style Nursery in Bucharest)
English and Somali (translation courtesy of Hillbrook Children's Centre)
English and Swedish
English and Tamil
English and Turkish
English and Urdu
English and Welsh
English with a blank space for your own translation

Quick tips - talking with your baby

Learning to talk is one of the most important and complex skills your child will accomplish. It seems to happen naturally, but in fact you have a very important role to play. Find out more by downloading our quick tips below.

English only
English and Arabic
English and Bengali
English and Chinese
English and Estonian
English and French
English and Gujarati
English and Norwegian
English and Panjabi
English and Polish
English and Portugese
English and Romanian (translation courtesy of Acorns British Style Nursery in Bucharest)
English and Somali (translation courtesy of Hillbrook Children's Centre)
English and Swedish
English and Tamil
English and Turkish
English and Urdu
English and Welsh
English with a blank space for your own translation

Quick tips - sharing songs and rhymes

Babies love songs and rhymes, especially hearing the sound of your voice. And they're a great way to help your child's talking and listening skills. Download a copy of our quick tips below.

English only
English and Arabic
English and Bengali
English and Chinese
English and Estonian
English and French
English and Gujarati
English and Norwegian
English and Panjabi
English and Polish
English and Portuguese
English and Romanian (translation courtesy of Acorns British Style Nursery in Bucharest)
English and Somali (translation courtesy of Hillbrook Children's Centre)
English and Swedish
English and Tamil
English and Turkish
English and Urdu
English and Welsh
English with a blank space for your own translation

Quick tips - sharing books with your baby

Sharing books is a wonderful way to help your child learn to talk, and it's the ideal opportunity to share a cuddle at the same time. Download our quick tips below.

English only
English and Arabic
English and Bengali
English and Chinese
English and Estonian
English and French
English and Gujarati
English and Norwegian
English and Panjabi
English and Polish
English and Portugese
English and Romanian (translation courtesy of Acorns British Style Nursery in Bucharest)
English and Somali (translation courtesy of Hillbrook Children's Centre)
English and Swedish
English and Tamil
English and Turkish
English and Urdu
English and Welsh
English with a blank space for your own translation

Quick tips - playing with your baby

Play is the main way that babies and toddlers learn about the world. With your help, it's also a wonderful way to support their language development. Find out how by downloading our quick tips below.

English only
English and Arabic
English and Bengali
English and Chinese
English and Estonian
English and French
English and Gujarati
English and Norwegian
English and Panjabi
English and Polish
English and Portugese
English and Romanian (translation courtesy of Acorns British Style Nursery in Bucharest)
English and Somali (translation courtesy of Hillbrook Children's Centre)
English and Swedish
English and Tamil
English and Turkish
English and Urdu
English and Welsh
English with a blank space for your own translation

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