Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Lullabies Make Babies Bilingual

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – World music can teach babies to speak foreign languages.

World music label Putumayo is sending babies to sleep with their Dreamland series, featuring lullabies from around the globe.

Their latest edition, African Dreamland, uses traditional African drumming and instruments to help tiny tots relax.

According to Mona Kayhan, director of Putumayo Kids, the foreign sounds can turn little ones into bilingual babies.

She says, “The most beautiful thing is that a child may not understand the words, but they respond to the beat or soothing melody. And it’s definitely possible for children to learn another language from them. It can easily be picked up.”

Kayhan says world music is great for putting babies to bed because the instrumentation is very soothing.

She explains, “It’s wonderfully surprising to be soothed by music that’s not your own. It’s definitely different from “Rock-A-Bye Baby,” but it’s just as lulling.”

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