Why the baby brain can learn two languages at the same time

The Conversation

07/26/2016

Have you ever wondered how an infant can learn multiple languages at the same time? The science of language development provides some insights.


Any adult who has attempted to learn a foreign language can attest to how difficult and confusing it can be. So when a three-year-old growing up in a bilingual household inserts Spanish words into his English sentences, conventional wisdom assumes that he is confusing the two languages.  Research shows that this is not the case.  To find out more, read this article in the The Conversation by researcher Naja Ferjan Ramirez from the University of Washington.