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Everyone is already a linguist - YES even you! language acquisition linguistics Aug 25, 2022

Do you feel like you are 'rubbish at languages’? Over my 20 years as a languages teacher, and the last eleven years running Babel Babies,...

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Myth busting "the more languages the better" statement language acquisition myth busting Aug 24, 2022

Yes, Babel Babies is a multilingual programme, but that's not to say that children can learn infinite languages simultaneously, or that a...

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Won’t introducing my child to new languages cause them to mix their languages & they’ll end up really confused? child development language acquisition Aug 15, 2022

Parents who are raising their children as bi/ multilingual, or who are simply introducing their little ones to a new language can often be met with...

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Since everyone speaks English, is there much point in learning other languages? language acquisition linguistics May 30, 2022

As a nation, we’re pretty notorious for being “rubbish” at languages. But this wasn’t always the case. Throughout British...

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How are languages stored in the brain?! language acquisition languages May 10, 2022

Over the last couple of decades there has been a fundamental change in how we understand the brain, particularly in relation to how...

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The best way to learn a new language? language acquisition languages Apr 08, 2022

STOP worrying about the spelling... and START LISTENING! We get it - it was ingrained into us at school to spell correctly - in fact it was a huge...

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How many words can you say in a minute?! child development language acquisition Apr 04, 2022

150 words per minute!! Whoa!

More precisely, when adults speak a language they know well, they produce (on average) 150 wpm.

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Why learning languages with your children is always time well spent. language acquisition Mar 30, 2022

Learning languages is not necessarily just about the final achievement – being able to communicate in another language (which of course...

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Languages bring cognitive benefits whatever age you start learning language acquisition Mar 08, 2022

At Babel Babies we believe it is important to only state something is FACT if there is concrete scientific evidence to back it up.

This means...

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The REAL advantages of bilingualism & multilingualism child development language acquisition languages Jan 31, 2022

So if being bilingual doesn't necessarily make you better at thinking (the jury is still out on the cognitive 'advantage' for children), what's the...

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The bilingual advantage - taking a closer look child development language acquisition languages linguistics Jan 24, 2022

Does being bilingual make you cleverer?

The science of bilingualism is relatively new, with ever-evolving parameters as neuroscience, behavioural...

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Can monkeys learn to speak? language acquisition linguistics Jan 24, 2022

Have you heard of 'the chimp wars'? Whether or not humans and apes share some of the same language-learning mechanisms is a hotly debated topic.

A...

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