Have you ever really considered how amazing it is to have language and be able to communicate with it? Just think, you were born knowing nothing about speech (or much else, for that matter), but within a few years you could express yourself and understand others. It’s no surprise that the process of language acquisition has been a subject of inquiry for many years.
One study revealed that a person with even a slight exposure to a language, even if it is never used at the time, will remember it later in life. If the person studies that language later on, he or she can speak it better than others with no childhood exposure to it. This is explained below:
Babies Remember Their Birth Language – Scientists
If you move countries and forget your birth language, you retain this hidden ability, according to a study.
Dutch-speaking adults adopted from South Korea exceeded expectations at Korean pronunciation when retrained after losing their birth language.
Scientists say parents should talk to babies as much as possible in early life.
Dr Jiyoun Choi of Hanyang University in Seoul led the research.
The study is the first to show that the early experience of adopted children in their birth language gives them an advantage decades later even if they think it is forgotten, she said. Read more at BBC…
The point is clear: Any exposure to language that your child has when he or she is very young can be an asset for the future.
It gets more interesting when you think of how easily children can become bilingual. In their early years, they can learn two different languages simultaneously. How is this possible?
Bilingual babies. How does a child learn two languages at the same time?
What do we know about the way babies learn to speak, particularly in bilingual households? A lot of scientists refer to their work as their ‘baby’, but University of Western Sydney’s Dr Karen Mattock’s lab studies really do involve babies, especially those that are learning two languages at the same time. Listen to her fascinating description of the way babies in bilingual households learn to speak.
You can imagine the world of opportunities that are open to your children when they are bilingual.
A child’s early years (through age 5 or so) offer the best window of opportunity for easily acquiring a second language. Why not take full advantage of that language-learning capacity? Here’s how to go about it:
8 Insights into How Babies Learn Multiple Languages
- Very early childhood is the best time to learn multiple languages. Children who experience two languages from birth typically become native speakers of both—something that rarely happens in adulthood.
At birth, babies can tell the difference between all 800 or so sounds that comprise the world’s languages. This is an important first step in learning a language and it means that babies could potentially learn any language that they’re exposed to. But, this ability fades quickly. That’s why the first few years of life are such an important time for kids to learn multiple languages. Read m
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