Ali started talking at nine months, and had a steady incline of words and phrases from then on. By 18 months, she would repeat any word spoken to her, and knew her entire alphabet.
Noah has been a bit more typical in his development - he knew 15 words by 15 months, and we counted about 30 words at 18 months.
But all of a sudden, at 19 months, I understand what people mean when they said that their kids just started talking in sentences.
After several days at the beach, as we were walking up the sidewalk to go into the house, he turned around and said, "We're home, Daddy!!"
Then today, he brought me a book, looked at the first page, then got down and said a gibberish sentence as he walked away - a typical activity of his.
Except that this time, I actually understood it.
"Gonna go get another book."
...which makes me think that his gibberish sentences all this time were not really gibberish at all - I just didn't have the deciphering skills needed to understand him.
Men communicate too - just not at all clearly.