If you're a bit confused why your wee one is speaking the Queen's English, you're not alone: The Peppa effect is seemingly everywhere and it's not going away anytime soon!
In the event that your little kid calls you "Mummy Pig" or "Daddy Pig" and begins conversing in a British accent, don't be frightened.
They've most likely been watching Peppa Pig, and you're hearing the effects of what one mother has named the 'Peppa Effect'.
For all those who're not aware, 'Peppa Pig' is a British preschool animated television series which is quite popular in the USA.
Janet Manley, a mother of two and Senior Features Editor at Romper, instituted the expression when her 20-month-old daughter began mirroring Peppa's articulation following a Peppa Pig-filled trip to Australia.
She before long found that her small one wasn't the only tyke to begin pronouncing words like "zebra" and "tomato" with a British intonation.
Has your kid suddenly developed a British accent like this cute girl from the Charlotte-area?— NBC Charlotte (@wcnc) February 13, 2019
Well, it might be due to the "Peppa-pig syndrome" 😂👏 https://t.co/X2UCz6WSVo (Video: Brandi Nichole Hall) pic.twitter.com/Fba7pwiFvu
Parents from across the nation have imparted their encounters to the 'Peppa Effect' via social media channels.
These little Peppa-isms are charming, and they're additionally demonstrative of how open children are with regards to language which is actually a pretty fascinating thing, to begin with!
Is watching Peppa Pig making US children talk with British accents?— ITV News (@itvnews) February 12, 2019
This is Oliver Smalley, a three-year-old boy, who has picked up the British accent after watching the popular children's TV show https://t.co/CcVI5F6XEv pic.twitter.com/UcGigdv9tn
That is the reason specialists state that the best time to expose a kid to a second language is actually when they're learning their initial one.
"A young child's brain is wired to pick up language naturally," Nancy Rhodes, director of foreign-language education at the Center for Applied Linguistics, in Washington, D.C., told Parents in an interview.
Yeah I can vouch for the #PeppaEffect in our house. Tayla absolutely lapses into a slight Brit accent and vocabulary, and uses the word "straightaway" more than I ever have in my life! 😜.— Eddie Painter (@PaintManNO) February 12, 2019
"Daddy, when we get home do I have to go to bed straightaway?" https://t.co/VOiMiJugtr
"Between birth and puberty, children can learn multiple languages and echo accents easily.," she added.
At the end of the day, every one of the kids getting on Peppa Pig's intonation currently is just the correct age to start learning another dialect—regardless of whether it doesn't include oinking.
The most entertaining aspect of my life right now is that my toddler has been watching Peppa Pig and now speaks with a British accent.— Jess Steinbrenner (@Steinbrennerjes) February 9, 2019
Moreover, being bilingual—or even simply grabbing a couple of terms from over the lake—is a brilliant method to enhance a kid's life.
As Karen MacGilvray, chief of training at Language Stars, a youngsters' language program situated in Chicago, told Parents, "Learning early on that an object can be described in more than one way (house, Maison, casa), promotes flexibility in thinking and overall creativity."
Also, that voice you're hearing your children mimic? It's of 16-year-old Harley Bird. She began voicing Peppa Pig at the tender age of five, and with the franchise now worth £1.4 billion ($1.8b), Harley reportedly makes as much as £1,000, or $1,300 an hour.
A source stated in an interview, "Harley is the most successful teenage voiceover artist in Britain right now."
In the wake of Peppa Effect hitting the social media many parents likewise shared their encounters and point of views on the same.
One user wrote, "The most entertaining aspect of my life right now is that my toddler has been watching Peppa Pig and now speaks with a British accent." Another added, "My three-year-old says 'tomatoes' with a British accent."