Brilliant Baby Linguists

Why is it that learning a second language seems easier for young children? Patricia Kuhl’s TED talk may leave those of you who’ve had to wrestle with learning other languages feeling a bit wistful about an early missed opportunity. For all it should make us very thankful for the loving nurture received from our mothers. It left me musing over what exactly occurred in man as God shattered linguistic unity at Babel. It made me reflect that, as gloriously displayed at Pentecost, by the sovereign grace and power of the Creator, Babel can, and will be undone.

As we continue by “baby steps” to discover more of the incredible complexity of the linguistic ability of the mind, praise God and marvel at how we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). Anticipate the great day when everyone robed in Jesus’ righteousness joins in with the “great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes, and peoples, and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:8-10)