2008/02/14

Verbs and nouns

I read an interesting article today about the difference between Asian and Western-way of teaching children language. Several studies have found that Asian moms use more verbs while English-speaking moms use more nouns. This subtle difference leads to some interesting differences later in their children's life.

I discussed this with Ann and we both came to the same conclusion. We use a mix of Mandarin and English at home when talking to our kids, and indeed mostly we use Mandarin for verbs and English for nouns. Hopefully our kids can get the best of both worlds this way.

However, I do have one gripe about these studies. How come they only look at moms? Don't dads talk to their kids too?
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