A lesson in da da – and a perfect imitation

Language can be a barrier to viral spread. But, in this case no one understands anything… … or?

That fact, that no one understands anything, and the way it seems these “da da-twins” understand, is definitely one of the viral triggers.

This clip really intrigues me. It starts my imagination. It makes me think, “what if”. It makes me reconsider what I previously had thought almost impossible.

My first line of thought is like this. It seems these baby twins are really having a conversation. What if they really understand what the other one is saying? I doubt it, but what if?

The second one is almost as improbable, but nonetheless the one I think is the correct one. These small kids are imitating a conversation between adults. And they do it almost to perfection. They are talking, waiting for their turn to talk, making gestures as they speak. They even laugh as if the other one was pulling a joke! And almost most amazing of all – they often use a rising intonation at the very end of a sentence, something that we usually do when asking a question. I know kids are curious, I know they imitate, but all in all, the perfect imitation makes me think there is a lot more going on in those small heads than I thought before. I never thought they would be capable of imitating with such accuracy how we speak when we have learnt the language.

Don’t miss out on this lesson in “da da” that has just exploded on the Internet the last couple of days.

Kristofer Mencák has a M.Sc. in Business Administration from Stockholm School of Economics. He is a consultant, author and lecturer on social media, viral marketing and word of mouth. He has also recently been travelling the world teaching the dance kizomba.

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