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The one word that can make your child seem unintelligent
A new study days that, like, using the word "like" will make people appear less intelligent. Here's what parents can do to make sure that doesn't happen to their children. - photo by Herb Scribner
OK, like, theres this new study out that, like, says using the word like makes you, like, seem less intelligent, or whatever.

The new study comes from Michigan State University researchers who said using the word like at the beginning of a sentence or as a clause may make listeners think the speaker is less intelligent, The Lansing State Journal reported.

"One of the things we absolutely judge each other on is our language," MSU researcher Madeline Shellgren told The Lansing State Journal. "We were interested in trying to capture that moment-to-moment reaction."

To find this, researchers played 10 audio clips five with people who used the word like and five without and had participants rate the speaker on friendliness and intelligence. Participants initially rated like users as unfriendly, but changed their tune when they listened to the person speak for a little longer, The Lansing State Journal reported. They still found like users to be unintelligent.

Shellgren told The Lansing State Journal this shows that people can be judged based on their language, for better or worse.

"Should you stop using 'like' altogether? I would argue no, definitely not," she told The Lansing State Journal. "But until we live in a world that doesn't judge on assumptions of language, being aware of such assumptions could help you gauge situations where you might come across an assuming individual, and help you choose what language you want to use as you proceed."

Parents who want to make sure their children aren't judged based on their language may want to encourage their youngsters to develop a strong vocabulary from a young age. A 2014 study found learning new words can make people feel happy and rewarded. Similarly, new words can help people understand modern culture better.

While teachers may offer children some new vocab words, there are some at-home tricks parents can also use to make sure their children learn a chiliad of new words.

BabyCenter suggests parents read aloud to their children from a young age, especially books that contain complex words and plots, to spark interest about learning new words.

Good conversation may also help children speak more and try to learn new words that will work in the conversation.

Children learn language and increase their vocabulary in only one way: listening to the people around them, according to BabyCenter. The richer and more abundant the language they hear daily, the more well developed their own language will be.

Parents can also label certain items around the house to teach their children new words, BabyCenter reported.

And in the age of technology when more than 75 percent of American children have access to mobile smart devices parents may want to download apps that can help their child learn new words.

iPad has made teaching vocabulary to young learners way easier and much more fun, according to Educators Technology. There are now a wide range of fabulous iPad apps to use with your kids to get them to improve and enrich their vocabulary and move to the next level of their language learning.

Apps like Vocal Genius, The Opposites and Vocab Catcher all teach children new words through interactive and family-friendly games.

To help you get started teaching your child new words, take our quiz below.

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The benefits of learning new words
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