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13 September 2017

When do we start developing our language skills?

When do we start developing our language skills? Earlier than you might think! A recent study by US linguists who employed non-invasive sensing technology to examine pregnant women found that their fetuses were able to distinguish between someone speaking to them in Japanese and English a month before they were born, probably by noting the rhythmic differences between these languages. The wide variety of sounds to which fetuses are exposed is likely to be important in the development of the brain’s auditory cortex and our very first language skills.

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