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How singing helps children learn languages child development language acquisition languages Aug 18, 2021

When learning a new language, babies and young children respond really well to repetition, short phrases, changes in pitch and emotional tone of voice.

Nursery rhymes and songs are therefore the...

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Multilingual is normal - even if you speak one language child development language acquisition languages Jul 31, 2021

Words please, maestro!

Yes, you are like a conductor directing a full orchestra of linguistic choices in your head.

Do you say 'hiya' to your close friends and 'good morning' in more formal...

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Myth busting "the earlier the better" statement! child development language acquisition languages Jul 21, 2021

Just how many times have you heard this – “the earlier the better” when it comes to learning languages?

But is this really the case?

 

First, it’s really important to...

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The seriously cool benefits of learning languages! child development language acquisition languages Jul 14, 2021

These are some of the seriously cool benefits of learning languages:

Improved social skills

Appreciation of diversity

Can delay the onset of dementia by 4-5 years!

Can improve memory, the...

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The only 2 things you need when it comes to teaching your little ones languages (and it's not being able to speak them yourself!) child development language acquisition languages Jul 14, 2021

Don't you find there's so much conflicting advice out there on the dos and don't of parenting?!

It's definitely the case with teaching your children languages too...

  • "the younger the better"
  • "the...
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Should parents stop speaking their language to their children when they start school, to help them focus on English? child development language acquisition languages Apr 13, 2021

You've been speaking your home language (e.g. Lithuanian) together since they were born. Your little one is about to start school. Should you switch to the majority language, such as English in the...

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How do babies learn what words mean? child development language acquisition linguistics Mar 29, 2021

By 12 months, babies understand about 50 words (Fenson et al., 1994) and by age 6 a typically developing child knows between 9,000 and 14,000 words!! That's learning about 9 words a day on average!...

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Did you know babies cry in different languages? child development language acquisition linguistics Mar 23, 2021

Ever wondered why we can identify our own baby's cry amongst others? Some fascinating research I've been reading about at uni this month has a theory that babies' cries are like a little melody,...

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If adults speak so quickly (averaging 150 words per minute!) how do babies ever pick it up? child development language acquisition linguistics Mar 16, 2021

Far from being confounded by the slew of sounds they hear from birth (and even before), babies are slowly and carefully piecing together evidence of how speaking works, what it's for, how it feels...

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The more languages, the better? Hmmmm maybe... child development language acquisition linguistics Feb 24, 2021

Yes, Babel Babies is a multilingual programme, but that's not to say that children can learn infinite languages simultaneously, or that a smattering of lots of languages is enough if there isn't at...

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Are children who mix their languages confused? Let's explore this child development language acquisition languages linguistics Feb 17, 2021

There is so much confusion around mixing languages, and it worries me that parents and children are often left feeling ashamed of this very natural, normal, and creative by-product of bilingualism....

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Learning languages: the earlier the better? child development language acquisition Nov 20, 2020

I often hear people saying 'the earlier the better' when it comes to learning languages. But it's a more complex issue that needs some unpacking, rather than a universally applicable statement of...

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