Cate & the birth of Babel Babies
Hallo! Coucou! Hola!
My name is Cate – languages teacher and mother of three. I'm the founder of Babel Babies online and our unique multilingual musical approach to language-learning.
I've been passionate about languages since I was a child and taught languages at all levels for two decades. In 2020 I returned to the University of Oxford to study for a master's in Applied Linguistics and now I am doing my DPhil (PhD) in Education. As part of this I’ll be researching how effective ‘singing languages’ is as a tool for learning them – as well as being lots of fun! I’m also really passionate about helping young children learn languages, and moving parents' and carers' mindsets beyond their learning experiences at school, which may or may not have not been so much fun.
Over the years I’ve acquired some specialist knowledge about how babies and toddlers learn languages. This is the inspiration behind our multilingual musical approach to learning – i.e. learning languages through song and exploring many languages at the same time, rather than just one at a time. So, Babel Babies online is a fun place for young children to explore different languages with their parents or carers in bite-sized chunks – all centred around singing!My background & how Babel Babies began
My linguistic journey
Cate's background in languages & teaching
How Babel Babies began as a sensory baby group 10 years ago
Continuing the little language revolution!
Meet Croc Monsieur
Meet Croc Monsieur - named after Cate's favourite French lunch. Croc is our Babel Babies' mascot, and he helps Cate teach you all the songs in our videos!
Julie, Bristol UK
‘You will be astonished at how much your child is taking in without you even realising it and then suddenly they are singing in a foreign language and doing the actions. What a fantastic way to introduce them to languages. Cannot recommend the sessions enough.’
Kirsty, Gloucester UK
‘I was expecting it to be fun and beneficial, but actually my daughter seems so enthusiastic that I think it might affect her attitude towards learning languages later on, which is an amazing thing.’
Ann, Winchcombe UK
‘I would definitely recommend Babel Babies to a friend because it’s very different to anything else we’ve tried. It's a great way to introduce your littles ones to languages even if you don't speak other languages yourself!’
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