There is a popular joke in mothers’ circle of friends:
Grandma pointed to the picture of the sparrow and said to her little grandson, “Come, read to Grandma, Jiaqiao!”! Pointing at the picture of the turtle, he said: Come on, keep reading, bastard! Grandpa came in and said loudly: Look at your dialect! Baby, don’t listen to your moustache, come to Grandpa to read “What’s the 100000 Hugs” for you!
Is this the case in your family?
Not to mention the families with children usually brought by the elderly or nannies, it is not uncommon to have a big reunion during the Spring Festival. Some mothers even began to mutter: won’t you make the baby’s language and thinking confused?!
In fact, you don’t have to worry! The baby’s ability to learn multiple languages at the same time is stronger than you think, and the bilingual environment (or multiple language environment) will not disturb or delay the baby’s language ability development. On the contrary, you should let everyone talk to the baby more.
How can babies learn standard pronunciation better
1. Listen more
At birth, babies will notice 800 consonants and vowels in all human languages, which enables them to learn any language on earth. Next, the baby will automatically use the computational area of the brain to track the statistical data of these sounds, and determine the most commonly used sounds, so as to identify the meaningful sounds in one or several native languages.
After the baby found the correct syllable, TA began to focus on the sounds needed to understand the mother tongue, and gradually ignored the sounds used in other languages, thus gradually losing the ability to focus on other languages.
Therefore, early exposure of babies to multiple languages (either foreign languages or dialects) may make their language learning window open for a longer time.
2. Practice more
It takes a long time for a baby to learn to speak and master oral skills.
When the baby is 2 months old, it will make a creaking sound; At the age of 3 months, it can emit vowels such as a/o/e; At the age of 4-6 months, they can imitate the lip shape, emit consonants, and begin to identify the emotional components of language through different intonation and situations; At the age of 12 months, the baby can say the first sentence (usually “mother”, “big” and other words).
In the next few years, the baby may mix some syllables together, because TA has not fully mastered the pronunciation skills. Through continuous speech practice, babies can develop communication skills and intelligence development.
Choose small games for the Spring Festival to practice pronunciation with your baby
Game 1: chat and sing children’s songs
Suitable age: baby 2 months
Don’t neglect the importance of “dialogue” because your baby can’t speak yet. Often chat with your baby, tell him about your day’s work, and sing children’s songs to him, which is very beneficial to his language development. Remember to look at your baby when speaking, so that he can see your face and communicate with you.
Game 2: New Year’s greetings
Suitable age: 10-14 months
7-12 months old babies begin to learn to imitate. You can play hand games with your baby. The mother shouts the command, and the baby follows her mother to wave, raise hands, arch hands, clap and blow kisses.
Game 3: Introduce yourself
Suitable age: above 1 year old
Babies can already use gestures to indicate “1” years old, and older babies can also say their own names. When getting together with relatives and friends during the Spring Festival, let the baby introduce himself by asking and answering.
Game 4: Say auspicious words
Suitable age: over 18 months
Your baby’s vocabulary keeps increasing and her speech becomes clearer. You will find that she likes to repeat what others say. Take advantage of the New Year, teach your baby more auspicious words, such as congratulations, welcome, good New Year, etc. Smart baby must be loved by everyone.
Not only do dialects and Putonghua need more listening and practice, but also foreign language learning. Let the baby touch the second language as soon as possible, so that TA can learn it more easily. If parents have bilingual ability, they can enjoy using foreign languages around their babies.
In order to make the baby become a “language master”, in addition to the careful cultivation of parents, adequate nutrition is also very important! For example, DHA accounts for 25-30% of the total content of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the brain. The optimal amount of DHA can help promote the rapid and comprehensive development of the baby’s small brain and learn language quickly and well.
Is your baby’s DHA intake enough?
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