Babies remember their birth language – scientists Babies remember their birth language – scientists
If you move countries and forget your birth language, you retain this hidden ability, according to a study. Dutch-speaking adults adopted from South Korea... Babies remember their birth language – scientists

If you move countries and forget your birth language, you retain this hidden ability, according to a study.



Dutch-speaking adults adopted from South Korea exceeded expectations at Korean pronunciation when retrained after losing their birth language.

Scientists say parents should talk to babies as much as possible in early life.

Dr Jiyoun Choi of Hanyang University in Seoul led the research.

The study is the first to show that the early experience of adopted children in their birth language gives them an advantage decades later even if they think it is forgotten, she said.



”This finding indicates that useful language knowledge is laid down in [the] very early months of life, which can be retained without further input of the language and revealed via re-learning,” she told BBC News.

In the study, adults aged about 30 who had been adopted as babies by Dutch-speaking families were asked to pronounce Korean consonants after a short training course.

Korean consonants are unlike those spoken in Dutch.

The participants were compared with a group of adults who had not been exposed to the Korean language as children and then rated by native Korean speakers.

Both groups performed to the same level before training, but after training the international adoptees exceeded expectations.

There was no difference between children who were adopted under six months of age – before they could speak – and those who were adopted after 17 months, when they had learned to talk.

This suggests that the language knowledge retained is abstract in nature, rather than dependent on the amount of experience.

Dr Jiyoun Choi said there were practical messages for parents.

”Please remember that [the] language learning process occurs very early in life, and useful language knowledge is laid down in the very early months of life as our study suggests,” she said.

”Try to talk to your babies as much as possible because they are absorbing and digesting what you are saying.”

The process of acquiring language starts extremely early, even while the child is still in the womb.



Babies have learned their mother’s voice by the time they are born.

It has long been known that the foundations for speaking and listening to a native language are laid down very early in life.

But it was not known until now that very early language acquisition is an abstract process.

The research is published in the journal, Royal Society Open Science.

Obinna Onyia

  • Keesha

    2017-01-19 #1 Author

    Cool story, interesting

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    • Kiara johnson

      2017-01-20 #2 Author

      Your stroy is very nice childern are very smart now and day…

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      • Maricor Dy

        2017-01-22 #3 Author

        Very interesting story.. I really love babies, my kids are my strength..

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      • Shawn

        2017-01-23 #4 Author

        Yes this is very interesting

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    • LaDerra Stokes

      2017-01-21 #5 Author

      – The Human Brain Is Truly Amazing

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      • Shawb

        2017-01-23 #6 Author

        You are right !! Amazing

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    • Deanna

      2017-01-22 #7 Author

      Interesting story i love babies, i have a 6month old

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    • Janari Brown

      2017-01-23 #8 Author

      very interesting this is amazing

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    • Jada

      2017-01-24 #9 Author

      Very interesting! Never knew this

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    • Janasia Niyona

      2017-01-24 #10 Author

      This was very interesting, babies learn very fast and the help of adults makes it more easier for them to learn new things everyday.

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  • Godfrey Madanhire

    2017-01-19 #11 Author

    Very interesting. Logic will the state that it is not very wise to talk to our babies in some”baby language” because thats teaching them the wrong thing which we will have to unteach again. I believe in just talking to our babies the way we talk to adults thus teaching them the right thing from the onset.

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  • Christian

    2017-01-19 #12 Author

    This is a very interesting story, it seems that you learn something new everyday. Thanks for knowledge.

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    • Anissa

      2017-01-23 #13 Author

      Very interesting story!!

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  • Me

    2017-01-19 #14 Author

    very interesting. i love babies ❤️❤️❤️

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  • Vinshae

    2017-01-19 #15 Author

    I really enjoyed reading this . it’s a very interesting article

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  • Kenneth Murphy

    2017-01-19 #16 Author

    Nice Story!! Babies are very smart and learn very fast..

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  • Kadesha

    2017-01-19 #17 Author

    Very interesting article

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    • Victoria Jackson

      2017-01-21 #18 Author

      I see now that babies learn very fast and this story was interesting to read .

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  • Kenneth Murphy

    2017-01-19 #19 Author

    Very Nice!! Babies are very smart and learn very fast.

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  • Kenneth Murphy

    2017-01-19 #20 Author

    Very Nice! Babied are very smart and learn very fast.

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  • Brandi

    2017-01-19 #21 Author

    I Love it . I Think talking to our babies how we talk to Adults are a Good thing . it’ll Help there Language Skills.

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  • Maxine Daniels

    2017-01-19 #22 Author

    Very catchy! Seems to mean that baby language shouldn’t be spoken ..

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    • Rodneyka

      2017-01-19 #23 Author

      Enjoyed reading & very interesting you learn something new about babies everyday

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  • Shon

    2017-01-19 #24 Author

    Wow…. that very interesting. Baby language we all do I’m sure but it’s not the correct way to talk to our babies.

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  • Dewayne

    2017-01-19 #25 Author

    Interesting story

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  • Julissa rodriguez

    2017-01-19 #26 Author

    I think this is makes alot of knowledge. I dont teach my daughter baby language because then shes going to get used to it .

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  • Ashley Encalarde

    2017-01-19 #27 Author

    This is amazing!

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  • Tamika Thomas

    2017-01-19 #28 Author

    This is so true due to the fact i call my son papi all the time, and now when you ask him what his name is he says papi and it hard to get him to stop now!!?

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  • Towanner

    2017-01-19 #29 Author

    Love this , I don’t teach my nephew baby language I talk to him to teach him the ways of understanding me and also others.

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  • Da’Tarik

    2017-01-19 #30 Author

    Babies are so cute

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  • Sharese Thompson

    2017-01-19 #31 Author

    i find this so interesting that children can remember their birth language no matter where they go.

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  • Anna

    2017-01-19 #32 Author

    Aww very beautiful

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  • Zykia Eutsey

    2017-01-19 #33 Author

    I really loved this story. I was very interesting to read. I think baby language is meant for it to be spoken in a short period and then they start talking in our language

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  • Betty

    2017-01-19 #34 Author

    Wow! Very interesting story. I love babies. They are bundle of joys and Babies are gift from God.

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  • Kourtney

    2017-01-19 #35 Author

    Interesting article.

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  • Kaneisha English

    2017-01-19 #36 Author

    Very informative I find the article to have some truth about it. I will print this for future use.

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  • Jennifer

    2017-01-19 #37 Author

    Baby language is just there way of talking? Very interesting

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  • Jacques

    2017-01-19 #38 Author

    I never knew this, this is very interesting!

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  • Selena

    2017-01-19 #39 Author

    Interesting story! Love it ?

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  • Nia harris

    2017-01-19 #40 Author

    I honestly thinks this makes alot of knowledge me and my sister was just talking anout this

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  • Lidia Gomez

    2017-01-19 #41 Author

    How interesting! Something great to know ?

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  • Ja’kayle Hawkins

    2017-01-19 #42 Author

    Baby are smart and intelligent which when they come out their mother womb they already know what language that they going to speak.

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  • Shon’na young

    2017-01-19 #43 Author

    Good story and i think its knowledge

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  • Shanice Thomas

    2017-01-20 #44 Author

    Wow very interesting

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  • Shanice Thomas

    2017-01-20 #45 Author

    Wow very interesting learn something new

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  • Gabriela Isfeld

    2017-01-20 #46 Author

    Seems like parents shouldn’t do baby talk with their kids but who can help it? Babies bring out the silly in parents 🙂

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    • Tiana

      2017-01-21 #47 Author

      Love it . I Think talking to our babies how we talk to Adults are a Good thing .

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  • Liezl santos

    2017-01-20 #48 Author

    That makes sense that we shouldnt talk to our baby using baby language… its really helpful

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  • Marissa

    2017-01-20 #49 Author

    It’s crazy how they learn!

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  • Shawina G. Thomas

    2017-01-20 #50 Author

    Interesting. Baby very smarth

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  • Grace

    2017-01-20 #51 Author

    Lucky I keep speaking our own language with my baby

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  • Mariah

    2017-01-20 #52 Author

    That’s soooo great what an amazing thing

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  • Taylana Baeuerlen

    2017-01-20 #53 Author

    Wow! You learn something new every day! This is soo interesting.

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  • Stephanie

    2017-01-20 #54 Author

    Does that mean if baby is spoken to in two different languages both of them will stick with her/him?

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  • Gorgeousjoi

    2017-01-20 #55 Author

    You Learn Something New Everyday, this Story is very interesting! I love it!

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  • Rizz Ebreo

    2017-01-20 #56 Author

    This is a very interesting article. As a newbie mom i did learn a lot about how babies learn languages or remember the languages when they were still babies. My 2 months old baby already enjoys communicating with others and we love it. Now that i’ve read this article we will enhance more her communication skills and use proper languages so she would adopt it as she grow up! 🙂 Thankyou!

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  • Mehtap yıldız

    2017-01-20 #57 Author

    Thanks for knowledge ?? In fact babies Can hear us before birth ?

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  • Dazesha

    2017-01-20 #58 Author

    I done Learned sum new

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  • Brittany Harris

    2017-01-20 #59 Author

    I just learned something new and I use to wonder how

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  • Kristina

    2017-01-20 #60 Author

    Very interested facts stated

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  • Monterrio

    2017-01-20 #61 Author

    This is a very interesting article.

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  • Chelsie Deuel

    2017-01-20 #62 Author

    I use total to my daughter in the womb all the time ??

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  • Genesis Brooks

    2017-01-20 #63 Author

    Babies are truly blessings!!!

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  • Charmaine

    2017-01-20 #64 Author

    I don’t speak to my daughter in baby talk I speak regular to her due to the fact babies catch on quick I talk to her normally and she understands me more

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  • Danielle Walker

    2017-01-20 #65 Author

    I learn new things off this page everyday ?

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  • Heidi Andrade

    2017-01-20 #66 Author

    Very very interesting loves babies

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  • Chardonnae

    2017-01-20 #67 Author

    Very Cool story

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  • Chardonnae

    2017-01-20 #68 Author

    I find this very interesting

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  • Shemeika Rigsby

    2017-01-20 #69 Author

    I really enjoyed this story!

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  • Don Snipes

    2017-01-20 #70 Author

    Wow this amazing

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  • Kayla

    2017-01-20 #71 Author

    This really Helps me because I Was Thinking Of Going to Germany For A Few years with my child and her father.

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  • Monterrio

    2017-01-20 #72 Author

    This was a very interesting article. I really enjoyed reading it.

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  • Meyona

    2017-01-21 #73 Author

    I love babies very interesting story i have to read more about this ?

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  • ChrisTyana

    2017-01-21 #74 Author

    This Really Helped Out Alot Because I Say Certain Things Around My Daughter And I Do Not Want Her To Pick Up Any Negative Language, So I Will Start To Read Little Bed Time Stories To Her Every Night Thanks For The Article

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  • Reginald

    2017-01-21 #75 Author

    my God what an intreseting article ?

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  • ras reggie

    2017-01-21 #76 Author

    xtra good to learn what an intresting aricle.?

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  • Ajea Toney

    2017-01-21 #77 Author

    Exactly Why I Say Talk To My Child Like A Normal Person, Not ” Baby Talk ” Because Now She’ll Be Speaking Baby Talk .

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  • Tiana

    2017-01-21 #78 Author

    Talking to our babies is the best thing a mother can do , helping babies learn and take in what you say.

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  • Sharika Smith

    2017-01-21 #79 Author

    Very interesting & i learned a few new things. Will be reading more about it. 🙂

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  • Tynia Williams

    2017-01-21 #80 Author

    I learned something new and interesting

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  • JAS S I E

    2017-01-21 #81 Author

    This type of stuff and trust me a lot that is crazy I love it

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  • Breanna

    2017-01-21 #82 Author

    I learned something new and I look forward to hearing more about baby’s and the growth

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  • Amanda Guzman

    2017-01-22 #83 Author

    Never knew i believe thats why my kids remember there language i didnt even have to teach them its really interesting how the human body works

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  • Ryshima

    2017-01-22 #84 Author

    This is very interesting and knowledgeable

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  • Nyanjam Malek

    2017-01-22 #85 Author

    Aww , I have a 27 month old and now a 1 day old that I speak to in my native language. Babies are very smart !

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  • Giselle Leon

    2017-01-22 #86 Author

    Ya en el vientre nos oyen. Nos sienten. Es interesante que hagan un investigación a cerca de como hablarles ya que algunos bebés no entienden al usar »idioma bebé diminutivo« al tratar directamente con ellos. Es preferible dirigirse a ellos en lenguaje propio con palabras bien pronunciadas. Para facilitarle el habla.

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  • Sky

    2017-01-22 #87 Author

    This is very good to know?!’

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  • Sky

    2017-01-22 #88 Author

    This is very good to know?!

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  • Micquelle Ventry

    2017-01-22 #89 Author

    ? I really enjoyed this story

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  • Juany Laura

    2017-01-22 #90 Author

    I love babys, this is very interesting story, bandos are te best in the all world, thanks fot his blog❤❤?❣️❣️❣️?

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  • Balu Suda

    2017-01-22 #91 Author

    Very nice, intrusting story

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  • Marsha

    2017-01-22 #92 Author

    I’ve heard this before thats another reason I want to start teaching my daughter a second language!!!!

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  • Keysheonna

    2017-01-22 #93 Author

    I think this is so unique a baby can learn as many languages while being a baby. I think we all learn something new everyday

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  • La’Quajiah Merriel

    2017-01-22 #94 Author

    cool story!!! very interesting

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  • Ty Shotwell

    2017-01-22 #95 Author

    This is so interesting and awesome!

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  • Shanon Walker

    2017-01-22 #96 Author

    Very interesting story. It’s a good read.

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  • Shanon Walker

    2017-01-22 #97 Author

    Interesting story! It’s a good read.

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  • Rod mcflyy

    2017-01-23 #98 Author

    I would’ve never thought that….wow‼️

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  • Megan carnegie

    2017-01-23 #99 Author

    So interesting! Loved reading this!??

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  • Kaneisha

    2017-01-24 #100 Author

    I believe this to be true especially with twins, triplets, quadruplets etc… very interesting article.

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  • Drama

    2017-01-24 #101 Author

    Very interesting

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  • Laya lim

    2017-01-24 #102 Author

    Very interesting story! ❤️ I love babies ???

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  • Christine Brown

    2017-01-24 #103 Author

    I love this article, very interesting to me. I wish I would have started to read to my son while he was still in the womb. But I’m gonna read to him now. And have his siblings read to him as well. So they can have that special bonding time with their baby brother.

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  • khadija

    2017-01-25 #104 Author

    babies are way too smart!! love this

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  • Jasmine

    2017-01-28 #105 Author

    I always wonder how they knew they language as they grow older

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  • Ta’Kerria White

    2017-01-28 #106 Author

    I Love it! it was very interesting

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  • Linford Myotcha

    2017-01-29 #107 Author

    lovely ,nice to know this

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  • Deyondre

    2017-01-31 #108 Author

    That’s interesting. I hope my daughter picks up French from her other side of her family.

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  • Jhestica Jocelyn Zayas

    2017-01-31 #109 Author

    Love it! Very interesting..

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  • Key

    2017-02-05 #110 Author

    You would really be surprised at how actual much small little people brains can retain !

    Interesting article ! I love a good read.

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  • Donna

    2017-02-27 #111 Author

    Love it very interesting.i love babies

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