Learning language starts at birth

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Did you know that being able to distinguish between different syllables is a crucial step in language development? In his first months of life, your child will learn to distinguish between sounds that matter in his native language and those that do not.
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Talk to your baby

Recent studies have shown that there are emotional and cognitive benefits to simply talking to your baby.
Be sure to respond to your child as soon as he makes a sound
Be sure to respond to your child as soon as he makes a sound For example, repeat the sound that you heard, then add on a few more words.
(Hello! Ga-ga-ga... is my little sweetheart ready for his bottle?)
Use simple and descriptive language
Short phrases and basic vocabulary can help a lot with memorization. This way, you’ll help him enrich his vocabulary even before he learns to speak.
Use the same word consistently to describe an object
To help your child learn about his universe, avoid using different words to describe the same thing. For example, always call a cat a cat instead of saying kitten, pussycat, kitty, etc.
Reward his first attempts to produce sounds
Celebrate his efforts with smiles and cuddles – it’s the best way to encourage him to continue.
Give him time to respond
Long before your child can speak, he will already have started to understand the rules of conversation such as I speak, you speak, I answer. Say something using just a few words, then watch for your baby’s reaction. This way, you will give him a chance to converse with you.
Sing him nursery rhymes
Song lyrics are real treasure chests of vocabulary. What’s more, you’ll be surprised to what extent nursery rhymes and children’s songs respect the natural rhythm and musicality of baby talk.
Look at picture books with your baby
Point out and name objects and colours on the page. And don’t hesitate to pick up some touch-and-feel books that are safe for newborns or toddlers. By manipulating them and putting them in his mouth, baby will amuse himself and discover the pleasures of books and reading early on. Plus, the earlier you encourage your baby to recognize sounds and words, the more you support his cognitive development!
To stimulate your child’s language learning, sing him nursery rhymes.
The characteristic half-speaking, half-singing tone parents instinctively adopt when speaking to babies encourages an emotional bond with their infant. In fact, this way of communicating attracts baby’s attention and helps him understand emotional communication while, at the same time, encouraging language development. Plus, it seems that infants who listen to their parents speaking to them usually learn words more quickly than other children. That’s why child development experts recommend talking to your baby as often as possible throughout the day.

Stimulate your child’s language learning

Here are a few tips you can use to stimulate your child’s language learning.
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