What My 5-Year Old Can Teach Us About Irregular Verbs


If you know me, you know that I talk about my 5-year old daughter a lot. As you can tell from the picture, she loves to be silly! It has been fun watching her personality develop.

Moreover, as a person who is genuinely interested in language and language learning, it has been fascinating for me to watch my daughter acquire her speaking skills over these last few years.

To give you some background information, my daughter has been raised by two native English speakers (my husband and I), so she hears English all day long.

Yet, despite being constantly surrounded by the English language, I notice that the past tense forms of the irregular verbs can be hard for her—like they can be for most ESL learners at the beginning.

Regular Verbs and Irregular Verbs

As you might know, irregular English verb forms are the ones that your teacher always made you memorize when you were a kid (was, flew, bought, taught, drank, etc.).

On the other hand, the regu