Babies are Language Learning Machines But There Is a Snag: Timing is Everything

21/10/2017

Read more inWhy babies brains are the ‘best learning machines ever created’ at https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/07/babies-can-learn-a-second-language-in-1-hour-per-day?utm_content=bufferb8892&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Babies and Learning New Languages: No Super Computer Can Beat Them But Timing Matters

18/10/2017

Read Why babies brains are the ‘best learning machines ever created’

at https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/07/babies-can-learn-a-second-language-in-1-hour-per-day?utm_content=bufferb8892&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
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“Science indicates that babies’ brains are the best learning machines ever created, and that infants’ learning is time-sensitive. Their brains will never be better at learning a second language than they are between 0 and 3 years of age,” says coauthor Patricia Kuhl, codirector of I-LABS and a professor of speech and hearing sciences.

Research: Being bilingual alters your brain. Here’s how

18/10/2017

Share with your colleagues.  Find at https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/02/how-being-bilingual-rewires-your-brain/?utm_content=buffer4f1ad&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Teaser excerpt:

The mental struggle of selecting and switching between two languages actually helps reshape the brain’s networks, according to Kroll. One study looked at four-month old, eight-month old, and one-year old infants—60 of whom were bilingual and 60 monolingual—and found that, as they grew older, infants who were exposed to both Spanish and Catalan started looking at speakers’ mouths instead of their eyes when listening to someone talk. The monolingual infants, however, only looked at mouths more than eyes when they were listening to someone speak their native tongue.


Study shows language development starts in the womb

13/10/2017

Find the research report at http://wpblog.neuronetlearning.com/2017/10/study-shows-language-development-starts-womb/


Have You Ever Wondered What Happens in a Bilingual Brain?

12/10/2017

Read interesting brain info here at

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319642.php

 


Bilinagual children and Learning Additional Languages

10/10/2017

Read more about the advantage bilingual families have when acquiring new languages:  If your child is bilingual, learning additional languages later might be easier at https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-10-child-bilingual-additional-languages-easier.html


Did You Ever Wonder: Is changing languages effortful for bilingual speakers? Depends on the situation

09/10/2017

I agree. In “normal” daily situations, it is not difficult. But ask me to translate something out of context, and I struggle. This is just one example from my life.  But what does research say?  Read more at https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170830103726.htm


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