Infants only learn language skills through genuine social interaction

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Infants and small children do not learn language skills by watching television or listening to CDs, but only through genuine, social interaction [1,2].

You cannot, for example, play Spanish language CDs and expect your child to understand or speak Spanish. You must actually speak it to them.

Learning is fundamentally a relational exercise [1].


  1. Medina, John. Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five. Seattle: Pear Press, 2014.

  2. Kuhl, P. K., F.-M. Tsao, and H.-M. Liu. “Foreign-Language Experience in Infancy: Effects of Short-Term Exposure and Social Interaction on Phonetic Learning.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 100, no. 15 (July 22, 2003): 9096–9101.