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The Linguistic Genius of Babies

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The Linguistic Genius of Babies

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

8 thoughts on “The Linguistic Genius of Babies

  1. Definitely agree, it’s much easier to pick up languages in the early years. My boy speaks English and Mandarin with accurate pronunciation and enunciation because we use both languages with him at home. He learns Bahasa Melayu by conversing with the helper. It’s out of necessity because he’d need to master 3 languages in a Malaysian Mandarin primary school.


  2. Unfortunately, we missed Gavin’s window. I knew he needed to learn early, but I never realised the window was so small. By the time we were onto another language, he was already past one. Gareth, at least, will benefit. He’ll have Hokkien and English. Hopefully, Mandarin (but I’m doing this so it’s not like he’s getting an authentic teacher). Heck, sometimes I’m sure I mispronounce things and who knows what that does for his learning!


  3. Are you learning Han Yu Pin Yin? If you know pinyin, it’s much easier to grasp the right pronunciation. Mandarin is a lot harder because of the 4 intonations, which English has none.

    Another thing: avoid getting Chinese books with the pinyin under every Chinese character. These will not help the child recognise the characters. Yet these irritating books are all over bookstores. I just bought a few good Chinese reading series. The pinyin are at the end of the book, for parent’s guide only, so the child doesn’t see them and get confused. If you need to know more details, just drop me a note.

    And starting late might be ok for some too. I’d a Russian professor who studied Mandarin in Beijing and speaks like a native!


  4. Hi Mie Vee

    Do share the series…I do send Ben to BaoBei but I would like to reinfoce reading at home. I find that as parents, we do influence our children the most. Unfortunately I dont read Mandarin. So a book with a separate PinYin will be great!


  5. Mie Vee – I can’t read pin yin. I can barely speak Mandarin. Hardly even understand. So it’s really an uphill battle for me to teach the kids. But we’re trying. I just want them exposed and hopefully they will not be a banana like me when they grow up.


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