Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Why the baby brain can learn two languages at same time

“Early childhood is the best possible time to learn a second language. Children who experience two languages from birth typically become native speakers of both, while adults often struggle with second language learning and rarely attain native-like fluency.

Language learning depends on the processing of sounds. All the world’s languages put together comprise about 800 or so sounds. Each language uses only about 40 language sounds, or ‘phonemes,’ which distinguish one language from another.

At birth, the baby brain has an unusual gift: it can tell the difference between all 800 sounds. This means that at this stage infants can learn any language that they’re exposed to.”

Read more @ http://www.thelocal.fr/20160504/why-the-baby-brain-can-learn-two-languages-at-the-same-time

Languages do matter!

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