Born to Communicate: Babies are Born Ready to Learn


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Your Baby is Listening in the Womb

Babies are preparing to learn language even before they are born and are born aware of the rhythm of language. Your newborn can hear, even while sleeping.  This means your baby is always learning. Babies are most able to learn when they feel comfortable, in a quiet alert state. Nurturing environments lead to optimal learning.

This video is the third chapter of a series called “Born to Communicate” and it discusses research techniques and findings. Key messages appear on-screen)

Research on How Babies Learn Language

Research shows how the infant brain functions during the first days and weeks after birth, particularly with respect to the responses to sights and sounds that will lead to language development.


Dr. Janet Werker, Lilian May, Alison Greuel