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


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


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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


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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


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Have You Ever Wondered What Happens in a Bilingual Brain?


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Bilinagual children and Learning Additional Languages


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


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

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