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Babies Can Pick Up A New Language In The Womb

03/07/2017 01:12 EST

Even in the womb, babies can do extraordinary things.

According to research published in The New York Times in February, babies have the ability to pick up on languages while in the womb.

"Newborns can recognize the voices they’ve been hearing for the last trimester in the womb, especially the sounds that come from their mothers, and prefer those voices to the voices of strangers. They also prefer other languages with similar rhythms, rather than languages with very different rhythms," Anne Cutler, a psycholinguist and professor from Australia, told the paper.

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The study, published in the Royal Society Open Science journal earlier this year, looked at Dutch-speaking children adopted from Korea.

Researchers found these people and toddlers adopted by Dutch-speaking families had the ability to make Korean "sounds."

"The language heard before birth and in the first months of life had affected both sound perception and sound production, even though the change of language environment happened before the children started making those sounds themselves," The New York Times notes.

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And there are plenty of benefits of allowing a child to pick up another language.

According to a 2009 study from Cornell University, teaching children how to speak another language is good for their minds.

"Learning a second language does not cause language confusion, language delay or cognitive deficit, which have been concerns in the past," researchers wrote in a statement.

"Children who learn a second language can maintain attention despite outside stimuli better than children who know only one language."

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