Before babies learn to talk in a real language like English, they babble and coo, playing with sound. That's baby talk, something that sounds similar all over the world. But they get good fast.

Of course, it depends on the situation, but according to experts, most babies are able to say a few simple words such as "mama" and "dadda" around their first birthday. Even more, they know what they're saying! By the time they're 3, babies expand their vocabulary rapidly, and "make-believe" play spurs an understanding of symbolic and abstract language like "now," feelings like "sad," and spatial concepts like "in." They also learn how to scare the poo out of their parents.

When Dan Schreiber shared a particularly creepy thing his child told him, moms and dads quickly expanded his tweet into a strangely funny thread, full of lines and concepts you'd think exist only in horror movies. Here are some of the best!

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October
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6 days ago

In the woods behind my home there are three graves (there used to be an old hospital at this spot and they sometimes buried patients on the hospital grounds.) One day while out for a run I jumped the little fence surrounding the graves to check them out. According to the tombstones there were two men and a women burried there. I went home and didn't speak about my detour. But that night my then 4 year old daughter awoke from a nightmare. She dreamd two men and a women were standing in her room staring at her. It's been ten years since this incident. Fortunately she never had the dream again. And I have never gone near those graves again.

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Former Editor-in-Chief turned parenting blogger, the woman who runs Motherhood: The Real Deal and 40 Now What, Talya Stone, told Bored Panda that there are a variety of ways in which parents can encourage and teach their kids to speak. "A good place to start is asking them open-ended questions and actually being present to hear out their answers," Stone said.

"Kids are notorious for clamming up and pretending like they have nothing going on in their minds, but parents can encourage them to open up by asking them who, what, where, why questions. Imagine you are a TV presenter interviewing them if that helps! Active listening really helps which is when you reflect or repeat back what your child is saying and what they may be feeling to make sure you understand - especially when they come out with oddball statements included in this article!"

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Em the Bored Lord
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6 days ago

I can't decide whether to scream, laugh, or have my own panic attack.

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Night Owl
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6 days ago (edited)

I wonder if she was more creeped out by the whole thing or grateful and touched that he apparently chose her

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But whether kids are giving their parents the creeps or cracking them up, people outside the family can have a difficult time understanding the little Shakespeares without a translation from mom and dad.

"I think we (the parents) get what our kids are saying because we share a deep connection — they are already a little bit of us. We also have a vested interest to understand them and be on their side, they are our kids after all. Also, parents have a very good way of humoring their children, which can seem to an outsider like we know what they are saying (when really we don't!)," Stone revealed.

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I' Gomez & Morticia's kid
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6 days ago

Maybe baby has Photogenic memory [?]

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WildHoneyPie
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6 days ago

Yikes!

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Tee Witt
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6 days ago

Why hysterical? Grandad Jim is keeping an eye on him.

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Just like these pictures, Talya Stone highlighted that children say all sorts of strange things, many of which may not be true.

"Kids like to try things on when it comes to words, phrases, and ideas. So if a child says something creepy to you, try not to take it too seriously, but at the same time, it's important not to mock them and hear them out," she said.

In fact, you should not criticize their wrong words. Instead, help them say it properly — for example, if a baby points to a cat and says "Ca!" say: "Yes, it's a cat." For more tips on how to help your sweetie talk, check out this page.

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WildHoneyPie
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6 days ago

This one is sweet...

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Night Owl
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6 days ago

That must've brought up the trauma again :'( I'm so sorry

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Bob Belcher
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5 days ago

Hi

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Night Owl
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6 days ago

Ghoooosts

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WildHoneyPie
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6 days ago

I'm glad the funny old man had a visitor.

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Em the Bored Lord
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6 days ago (edited)

"Another", not "a mother" (I think)

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Mazer
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6 days ago

You are a good mom.

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Chancey
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6 days ago

That is crazy and extremely interesting!

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Leslie B
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6 days ago

Well damn, that's quite specific.

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Em the Bored Lord
Community Member
6 days ago

Aww, he chose you for your smile. Screw the creepiness, this is sweet.

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WilvanderHeijden
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6 days ago

Just his imagination, though. This is the factory where I worked before I died and I never met that kid.

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Monty Is Fiennes
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6 days ago

Whoa...

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Tee Witt
Community Member
6 days ago

My daughter talked about "friends" she only saw when I was not their and mainly at night. It makes one wonder if the very young do have memories of previous lives. Scientifically explained by memories of the Mother's the cells passed to the child

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Will Schultz
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6 days ago

NOPE

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Von Klaus
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6 days ago

Spooky Mulder.

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WildHoneyPie
Community Member
6 days ago

Oof.

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Ines Olabarria-Smith
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6 days ago

And she didn’t ask more???

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Sakuri
Community Member
6 days ago (edited)

That's great. please find (an other, grown up) shaman to support her. she brings a lot of potential and knowledge. it is important to take her seriously. do not be afraid, this is kind of "normal". it would be wonderful if she had someone by her side who understood her.

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Kathryn Baylis
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5 days ago

The Fire of London, or WWII?

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AzureFalcon
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6 days ago

This Isn't Spooky, It's Scary!

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Tee Witt
Community Member
6 days ago

I agree, it is a shame they can not hold onto these so we could gain more information

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JeThelo Tolentino
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6 days ago

The Crown Prince Alexei Romanov?

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Suz66
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6 days ago

The same thing happened to my sister. They were traveling and went to a town she’d never been. She felt like she’d been there before and even knew where certain things were. She said that there was a cafe in this area before. She even knew the name. Now there’s a store there. They did some digging with a resident and sure enough , 50 years ago there was a coffee shop by that name over 50 years ago, it was leveled for the store. She was under 50 at that time.

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Charmandha
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6 days ago

I didn't get it

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