Do babies have their own language?

There’s something amazing about watching 18-month-old twins Sam and Ren, leaning against the fridge and apparently swapping stories. More than 2 million of us have watched it on YouTube. Have you seen it? Here it is.

But is baby talk a real conversation? Good Question. Do you believe babies have their own language and can understand each other?

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8 Responses to Do babies have their own language?

  1. Jenny says:

    I LOVED this!!! So cute. Yes I believe, especially in twins that they know what they’re saying to each other.

  2. SKL says:

    Yes and no. Anyone who is tuned in to babies can tell what they are communicating, up to a point. And certainly the baby’s twin would pick up on all the non-verbal / pre-verbal communication.

    I think when a wee tot is babbling conversationally, he/she has “something to say,” even though you don’t know what it is. It may not be as deep as all the intonation implies (a lot of that is mimicking), but it’s probably not just “bla bla bla” in his mind. Gradually the baby mixes actual words in with the babble until it’s all actual talk. I remember when my kid sister was a babe, and she was quite the babbler. One day she was saying something “important” while trying to drag mom’s purse around. You could hear “bla bla bla bla bla bla ma ma puh.” Clearly something about Mama’s purse. If the listener were another baby with whom she spent all her time, that baby would probably recognize the “meaningful speech” within the babble sooner than others.

    I wish I could say I’d seen all that with my girls, who are very close in age. However, neither of them babbled or talked much as toddlers. (They sure do talk now, though, and it’s still cute to watch them interact.) Whatever they did say was understood by each other, though.

  3. Phyllis says:

    Yeah, I really do believe that on some basic level that babies understand each other. I also think they are much better at picking up on body language than older kids are. This was really interesting to watch, and being twins, it easy to believe they really do understand each other. Although there was quite a bit of mimicing being done here you can actually hear where a question mark is at the end of a sentence. where the response seems to coms out as a statement.

  4. Nikki says:

    Oh. My. GOD! That was the cutest thing ever! That one, whatever he was saying sure was funny to the other little guy in the corner! That was adorable!

    Yes, I think they do have their own way of communicating, and understanding each other. More so, with twins I’m sure!

    This was just cute!

  5. mssc54 says:

    I REALLY enjoyed the “trablastion” that Conan did!

  6. Sue says:

    I’ve seen this, but I haven’t actually watched it til now and OMG! FUNNY! I think they can understand that the other is trying to communicate, but as far as understanding what the other is saying, I’m not so sure! That is too cute!

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