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It seems that a person's native language gets in the way of learning another language. It starts in infancy. Babies usually hear their parents use only one language. Baby brains ignore other sounds that don't fit the pattern of sounds they most often hear. In fact, even at eleven months, the ability to hear new and different sounds of a foreign language becomes more difficult.
Researchers have made a few discoveries. Children need to experience a foreign language as early as possible. If the parents speak a second language, they should speak it at home. However, researchers have learned that TV and CDs alone don't work for foreign language learning. Babies need interaction. So if the parents only speak one language, then play groups, lessons, and other opportunities are necessary.
Children are like sponges. Researchers hope to learn more about how children learn, and apply that to adult language education in the future.
Vocabulary Words: Read the words and meaning. Try making your own sentence afterwards.
1. kid (n.): child (children, pl.)
2. infancy (n.): earliest period of childhood (crawling rather than walking)
3. foreign (adj.): from a different country, not native
4. interaction (n.): conversation or exchange of thoughts (in words or body language) between people
5. sponge (n.): a material that absorbs liquid