Language learning begins before birth. In the module “Language Development: Learning the Sounds of Language,” we discussed the importance of listening to language during the first year of life. A child’s experience with speech sounds establishes a foundation for later speaking. But how do children transition from only listening to speech sounds to speaking themselves? Research shows that children across cultures and languages follow the same general learning pattern. They begin by producing individual sounds and syllables of language. Next, they transition to words. Finally, they begin to use full sentences. In this module we will review the latest research on the development of language production, or speaking.