Babies prove sound learners

Scientists are gaining new insights into why babies are so good at learning languages.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM January 16, 2008

It can be hard to know what newborns want. They can't talk, walk, or even point at what they're thinking about.

Yet babies begin to develop language skills long before they begin speaking, according to recent research. And, compared to adults, they develop these skills quickly. People have a tough time learning new languages as they grow older, but infants have the ability to learn any language, even fake ones, easily.

For a long time, scientists have struggled to explain how such young ch...

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