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I look like a crazy mum because I’m try to speak with my baby in English.”Honey, let’s wash your …” I speak English not because of her improvement but because of mine. Sometimes I feel nervous because I don’t know is it good or bad. I read that babies can recognize the native language when they are in a tummy. Will she understand me? Is she afraid of my speaking?

There is a good piece of news for me. Recently I read an article about babies from bilingual families. The study from the University of Washington shows that babies from bilingual households have more activities in the region of the brain which are responsible for executive functions like problem-solving and decision-making even before the start to speak. The researchers tested 16 babies from English-spoken an English-and-Spanish spoken households. They gave them to listen to specific sounds from English and Spanish languages. At that time scientists monitored the babies’ brain. The babies from bilingual families stay “open” to the sounds for a longer time. They are better able to switch the focus from one task to another. So I hope the early practice makes perfect!

There is the article: The Sooner You Expose A Baby To A Second Language, The Smarter They’ll Be

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Valiantsina  Holubeva

By Val 11 Jul 2016#

I fully support you here, Marina. The world is getting bilingual and multilingual, and, of course, we need to give our kids a chance to be about to speak several languages. And the earlier we begin the exposure, the more natural the child will take it. I hope your lovely daughter will find it easier to learn English when she needs it.
Your score is:
Words: 202
Content: 202х3 = 606
Language: 202 х 1= 202
Multimedia: 100
Total: 908 points
Reading this text I obviously see the use of authentic material, which has made your text more natural. And it's also great that you have acknowledged the source.
I fully support you here, Marina. The world is getting bilingual and multilingual, and, of course, we need to give our kids a chance to be about to speak several languages. And the earlier we begin the exposure, the more natural the child will take it. I hope your lovely daughter will find it easier to learn English when she needs it. Your score is: Words: 202 Content: 202х3 = 606 Language: 202 х 1= 202 Multimedia: 100 Total: 908 points Reading this text I obviously see the use of authentic material, which has made your text more natural. And it's also great that you have acknowledged the source.

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