https://www.duolingo.com/olimo

Learning languages with a baby

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Hi everyone!

I just want to say hello and share a little practice of mine. If you, like me, have a baby who's a few months old (my Tim is almost three), and miss your studies, you can try doing Duolingo lessons while playing with your child.

Babies like to hear their parents' voices. So I open the Duolingo app on my iPad mini and start saying and reading everything, like: Now I'm going to practice Places! (looking into Tim's eyes with a big smile and a funny face). Weakest words! (another smile, and then I read the Spanish words that have decayed for me). Then I read and/or repeat every sentence in Spanish and English, trying to look at my son as much as possible. When he's in a good mood, he smiles or even laughs, and I get a little practice of Spanish and spoken English (it is my second language).

I also started to learn Portuguese, but this requires more attention, so I do the lessons while holding Tim in my arms when he's falling asleep. This gives me about half an hour.

4 years ago

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Amy-schultz

Good idea! When my child was that age I also spoke to her in French. "These are your eyes." "Here is your forehead." "Where is your nose?" "You move so much!" "Don't cry!" Rather silly baby sentences, but I learned new vocab!!

Plus your child hears the different sounds of the second language!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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Tim will be dreaming in Portuguese! :-D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/espi731

It looks a good idea to me! Babies learning two languages same time at an early age (usually in households where parents speak different native languages) are called "Simultaneous bilinguals". I think there are no worries about confusing languages since babies can differentiate between languages at a very early age (usually less than 1 year old) although I can tell you're just playing with him while studying your own lessons.

I personally believe that the deeper understanding of one's native language results in deeper understanding of any other foreign languages being learned.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HUNTERGURL

Good way to teach your child a language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/katlearnslangs

Aw, how cute! A wonderful idea to stay productive while also caring for your child. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sigmacharding
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I think you may have seen this video on babies and languages http://www.ted.com/talks/patricia_kuhl_the_linguistic_genius_of_babies.html but it is very interesting. P.s I think its great that you are sharing your knowledge with your baby from such a young age and I hope that a very bright future lies ahead for him.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchAddict7

It doesn't confuse the baby?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/olimo
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I don't think he understands anything yet. He just likes to listen to my voice.

Later I will focus on English more (we are Russian, and English is our second language), but now I'm just having fun :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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The baby will have heard his mom speak different languages already when he was in the womb (pretty heavily filtered, but still, this has been shown), so throwing Portuguese in the mix shouldn't make much of a difference, since the parents still speak to/with the child in their own language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CtrlZED
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I have a 1 month old and a 22 month old. I tend to practice where I can - on the train, on the toilet, or sometimes while holding the youngest rocking her to sleep. I've tried to do some practice in front of the older one, but she has just looked at me like I was crazy when I started speaking Italian. The youngest one obviously can't tell the difference, but I'm usually trying to be as quiet as possible when I have her. So I have ended up turning off the spoken exercises.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheIconicNickyP

BABY SHARK DOO DOO DOO DOO

4 months ago
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