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Careful, He's Listening

Babies only hours old are able to differentiate between sounds from their native language and a foreign language, they begin absorbing language while still in the womb.

Sensory and brain mechanisms for hearing are developed at 30 weeks, and a new study shows that unborn babies are listening to their mothers talk during the last 10 weeks of pregnancy, and at birth they can demonstrate what they've heard.

So if you don't want your kid to cuss, should you abstain while you're pregnant? Well, you're not THAT constrained, but he (or she) CAN discern the differences between one language and another, and the way vowels are pronounced is one of the main ways that languages differ. Researcher Patricia Kuhl says, "The vowel sounds in her speech are the loudest units and the fetus locks onto them."

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