Even in Saudi Babies First Word Is…


Some things are simply universal.  In America the first word a young baby will typically learn to say is “da da.”  In speaking with Saudi moms and dads on what was the first word their child learned, the reply was consistently “ba ba” which is the way Dad or Daddy is said in Arabic.  Mama usually follows shortly thereafter in baby’s vocabulary but BABA or DADA get the gold star as first.


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