...learning Korean and researching Korean-language resources in order to raise baby as a bilingual.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Baby's First 100 words in Korean
Do you think that the first 100 words that the Korean baby learns is the same as the first 100 words that the American baby learns?
I've been trying to do some google searches for a list of the Korean baby's first 100 words. I thought it would be a good starting point.
I came across this great audio book: Baby's First Words in Chinese (newborn to 2 years old) but would love to find it in Korean.
Then I came across a scholarly article that studied the content of a baby's first words in English, Chinese and Cantonese, which said a lot of things I didn't understand, but I sorta get what they're saying here:
... although one cannot make generalities at the level of word class (e.g., children learn nouns or verbs), one can make generalities within word classes— children learn terms to describe people (whether kinship terms or individual names), concrete, manipulable object nouns, action verbs, and so on. In all three languages, the common nouns that children learned were manipulable objects that children encountered in their homes, or animals, rather than larger household objects or outside things
Finally, I have been coming across of lots of resources for the native Korean speaker trying to teach their child English. My impression is that many Korean parents are also gungho about setting up their children for success by starting them early on learning English AND Mandarin Chinese. So there are books, websites, apps, DVDs, CDs, etc, that teach English to Korean speakers, which I would imagine works the other way...teaching Korean to English speakers.
This Korean parenting website tells parents that baby's who know a lot of words in English will be the final victor in the fight. (Fight against what...I'm not sure!). They advise parents to teach their children vocab words by topic instead of word by word. Here's the words they offer: