• 9th January, 2013

Mother Tongue

Newborn baby

Beyond gurgling, babies begin to say their first words from around 18 months old.
In the case of children whose parents’ mother tongue is different from their own, the process of expressing themselves in two different languages can take a little longer and a lot more effort.

Either way, our first words always relate to the things nearest to us at that time: Mama, Dada, etc.

It’s not until a child is around 5 years old when their language skills are considered fully developed.

So, none of this is probably new to any of you, but at what point does a child really start learning their first language?

Recent studies show that babies recognise the sounds of their mother tongue while they are still in the womb, however they don’t begin to recognise voices, except their mothers’, until much later. Why is that?

Well the answer is quite simple. Generally mothers speak directly to their babies before they are even born thereby forging strong, special bonds with their babies, and vice versa.

This study also revealed babies begin “active listening” at the twenty-five-week stage in the pregnancy, and not before.
Dads, don’t get disheartened!  Your baby will recognise your voice at just three weeks old. You don’t have to wait too long.

The brain is beyond complex.

Did you know that a brain haemorrhage can lead to the loss (albeit temporary in most cases) of our mother tongue while maintaining intact our memory of any additional languages we may have learnt?

Did you know..?

And, have you heard of Foreign Accent Syndrome?

No? Well Foreign Accent Syndrome is a type of brain damage (aphasia) which affects the way in which we pronounce our native language.

I don’t know about you but all this talk of brains, accents and mother tongues etc.  is making my head hurt! Not to worry thought! The team here at Lingualia are on hand to help you and show you that learning a language can be easy and fun at the same time!

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