Curious Kids: how do babies learn to talk?


In this episode of The Conversation's Curious Kids, Dr Christa Lam Cassettari answers 9 year old Ella's question - How do babies learn to talk?

Watch this short animation and discover that babies begin to learn the rules of language before they are even born. They can hear the rhythm and melody of their mother’s voice for three months before they are born and this changes the way their brain develops.

Once born, parents who respond to their baby’s happy babbling sounds by imitating them or talking about the sounds they were making might be onto a good idea. Research shows that this is linked to baby making more complex sounds and developing language skills sooner.

To read the full article online, please visit The Conversation - Curious Kids

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