An average baby is a better student than an adult, in the matter of learning a new language. With a couple of years, baby easily understands what others say and expresses their feelings effectively. Babies are born with a multitude of brain cells with many of them designed to acquire the new language. During their initial years, when babies hear the native language being used, the brain cells make language connections with other cells. By the time the child becomes ten, almost all the language connections will be strongly established.
Even a three month old child has the capacity to distinguish between the various sounds that are heard around him. When he later hears the people around him speaking a particular language, his brain easily make connections with that language. The connections meant for other languages eventually wither away, unused.
When we speak to kids, it is better to adopt a slow and rhythmic pattern of talking. Such changes make it easier for the baby to grasp the language. Repetition also enables them to understand the particular word and make necessary brain connections.
Never hesitate to talk to your babies. Even before they try to talk back, they are keenly observing and imbibing much from the way you talk. When the baby makes a new sound, add another easy sound to it and repeat it many times. Apart from talking, you also need to smile at them and should also sing songs and rhymes. When you make such interactions, the baby is actually experiencing the language spoken by you. It is also wise to read aloud to the baby. Of course, he might not understand what you are reading but he will certainly make a note of sounds. Never make television substitute you for talking. Babies should make interactions with lively people and not with mechanical machines. If your baby finds it difficult to respond to sounds, it is always wise to seek an ear specialist’s help at the earliest.