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Why does the Wonder Pets' Ming Ming's speech substitute Ws for Rs?

The Wonder Pets' three main characters travel the world saving baby animals from trouble, but while Linny the guinea pig and Tuck the turtle speak clearly, Ming-Ming the duckling substitutes Ws for Rs when speaking. There is never an explanation for this speech issue.

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TammyO TammyO 7 years
Actually the girl who did the voice for Ming-Ming, it WAS a speech impediment but she grew out of it but the producers (I guess) thought it was so cute that they wanted her to keep it for the duck. It doesn't bother me and my kids love the show.
iknowitall iknowitall 7 years
I know this sounds terrible, but I find it very annoying when kids do this. I dont believe it's a speech impediment, just something they grow out of. I remember when I was young, I thought the kids that lived next door to my grandma were from another country because they spoke like that. It sounded very European to me back then.
nikkisoda nikkisoda 7 years
Real kids do the voices for this show. So that is how that little girl speaks. Ming-Ming is my favorite.
Nadia24gv Nadia24gv 7 years
I did the same thing until I was 6. I think it's cute and doesn't need an explanation.
austinmommyof4 austinmommyof4 7 years
My son has a friend who is 9 year old and still subs his w's for r's and my four year old does almost the same thing with his l's, I think it is just a speech issue that some kids have...
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