We store 1.5 megabytes of information to master our native language, study finds.

Learning a language is a remarkable feat. The amount of cognitive effort it takes for a newborn to learn a language is tremendous. We often don’t realize this because children do it seemingly effortlessly and rapidly. But it’s not what it looks like. New research shows that language acquisition requires an enormous amount of cognitive function rather than just something encoded in our genes, as previously thought.

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Babies start learning language in womb, studies reveal.

How we learn and use language is a miraculous feat that science knows so little about. Babies use language meticulously at a very young age.  It could come up as surprising that babies have any contact with the outside world before they are born, but new evidence came to light which suggests that babies can hear noises from inside the womb. Not just that, they are actively involved in learning the sounds of the language their mothers speak. So, in a way, language learning starts in the womb, well before than previously thought. Now let’s break this down in more detail. 

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