Nina In New York: Does Your Baby Know Chinese Yet? Why, Don’t You Love Her?

CBS New York

A lighthearted look at news, events, culture and everyday life in New York. The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

By Nina Pajak

This week on my neighborhood parent message board, I and my fellow procreators were invited to please sign our babies up to learn Mandarin Chinese. The program is for those as young as three months, up through preschool age. It’s a very popular and well-respected curriculum out of Manhattan that endeavors to teach your newborn infant how to speak a complex foreign language they likely do not hear at home. Your newborn infant, who cannot yet do any of the following things (to name a few): roll over, respond to his name, identify his own foot, locate his nose, correctly process most visual stimuli, digest food without regurgitating, deliberately grasp an object for longer than four seconds, make noises other than gurgling, cooing and wailing his…

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