English Teacher Article The linguistic genius of babies [Video]


At TEDxRainier, Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another -- by listening to the humans around them and "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world.

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Awesome video. I teach English to mothers and their babies in Japan. I wish I could find a translation for this in Japanese.



As a parent of a bilingual child and someone who learned a second language as an adult, I found this speech to be very interesting. In particular, I appreciated hearing about the relationship between age and new language acquisition (the cut-off mark being age 7). The speech is excellently done - professional, factual and authentic. Thank you for presenting it here.

I found this video really interesting! I´m about to become a father for the very first time, so I´m interested in L2 acquisition, bilingualism and more since my L1 is Spanish and I teach English at school. Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for the nice video.

I wonder what would happen if a child is simultaneously exposed to many different languages (for ex, because his parents have different native language, and they live in another country of yet a different language).

Would that be "too much" for the child? Would there be any potential "damage" due to language processing over-capacity?

Really astounding video! Have never thought that speaking with a child in several languages can help develop his ability to languages.
Thank you for very interesting information.

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