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Learning in the womb

A baby

What do babies learn before they are born? New tests have taken place to understand how unborn babies - called foetuses - learn language. It has been discovered that when babies are born they can already recognise familiar sounds and language patterns.

Rob and Finn discuss this research in 6 Minute English. They also talk about how babies develop an accent at a very young age.

This week's question:

According to a survey by the National Literacy Trust, which one of these words was discovered to be the most common first word for a baby to say - not including Mummy or Daddy?

a) dog

b) eat

c) bus

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

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Learning in the womb

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Vocabulary

foetuses

developing, unborn babies

womb

place inside a woman's body where a baby grows before it is born

communicate

speak or talk to other people

bi-lingual

speaking two languages

fluent

speak very well

repetition

doing something again and again

accent

way of saying words that shows what country, region, or social class someone comes from

intonation

the way our voice goes up and down as we speak

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