Bilingual Babies Get an Early Edge

Francis Hult francis.hult at
Thu Apr 16 15:19:11 UTC 2009



Bilingual Babies Get an Early Edge


Bilingual parents and the experience of hearing two languages may give babies an early learning advantage - and all before they know how to speak. 


A new study shows that bilingual babies quickly adapt to different learning cues at seven months old compared with babies from single-language households.  The findings may lead researchers to rethink how hearing two languages trains the young brain, even before babies have learned how to formulate words. 


This early learning advantage may not necessarily translate into higher intelligence later on in life. But it does reveal that babies benefit early on from having bilingual exposure, when they themselves still babble nonsense. 


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