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.

This is shocking information! I teach 11 year olds that spend years struggling to learn English and this information helps me understand WHY it is so difficult even though they are so young. It's shocking the difference just months can make in a person's ability to understand a language.

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