The latest research not only shows that babies miraculously begin language learning in the womb, but they can also recognize the specific language being spoken by their parents.
According to a New York Times article, what babies hear before and soon after birth affects how they perceive sounds, giving new meaning to the idea of a “birth language.”
By the way, research also shows that a fetus is a baby. Take that, science deniers.
Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:
This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
STU: The latest research not only shows that they actually are babies, which, you know, I don’t know where anyone would disagree with that, outside of Bill Nye’s Netflix show, probably. But they are now saying that babies can recognize the specific language being spoken by their parents in the womb. So when they come out, they are more comfortable with their home language.
JEFFY: Home language. Right.
GLENN: So I have a friend. I just met — we met him. Andrea is from Italy. He moved here at seven years old. He has never spoken English to his son, who is now ten. He only speaks to him in Italian because he wants the Italian to continue, where he said, “My father never spoke.” He said, “I am proudly an American. I am not an Italian American. I am an American.” He said, “But I don’t want the language to die, and I don’t want our heritage to die in our family.” He said, “So I started that because I spoke to my son — you know, when he was in the womb, I would speak to him, and I would talk to him in Italian.”
And he said, “The first time he, like, really moved like he recognized anything is after he was born. And I spoke to him in Italian.” He said, “He — he recognized the language. He recognized me.”
STU: Yeah, they’re saying that when — they’re noticing in international adoptees, where a Chinese mother has a baby, talks in Chinese the whole time, then gets adopted by an American family, they’re not as comfortable and react differently to the language.
I mean, listen to this sentence. This is at the end of the story. By the way, language lessons start in the womb is the title of it. So, I mean, it’s pretty clear. Talk to your baby. Your baby is picking up useful — picking up useful knowledge.
Learning. Learning about language, even though they’re not actually learning words. It’s something they really love. They’re loving things, as well. The social interaction — they’re interacting of you talking with them. But they’re still storing up useful knowledge whenever they hear speech. Think of all the human things I just described in that paragraph.
GLENN: So let me ask you this, we’re doing research on this. How come we’ve never done the research or really concentrate on the research of the fact that babies can feel pain? Because if they’re learning —
JEFFY: I mean —
GLENN: — you know they can feel pain when they are being cut up.
STU: Of course they can. Of course they can.
GLENN: Of course they can.
JEFFY: This is stuff that we inherently know.
GLENN: Why is it — is that just too horrible of a thought to think of?
STU: Well, I mean, pro-life people want it done. But pro-choice people can’t live with themselves if they think that way, so they don’t. I mean, how could you live with yourself, if you knew you were cutting up a being that was feeling the pain.
JEFFY: Which is why they fight having the mammograms before the abortion, right?
GLENN: It’s why they put the baby in the closet and just let it suffocate.
JEFFY: Yes. Yes.
GLENN: Nobody — nobody, but Kermit Gosnell could ever live with themselves by snapping the neck of an infant.