My son, 2, is so smart he's already teaching himself a second language – he even corrects my pronunciation | The Sun

A BRAINY boy of two is teaching himself Mandarin – after conquering the English language aged one.

Pint-sized boffin Bear King stunned mum Ronnie Havis, 24, when he started talking just four months after being born.

At the age of one, he could recount the alphabet forwards and backwards before reading full sentences months later.

Ronnie reckons two-and-a-half-year-old Bear reads at the level of a six-year-old – and is now broadening his vocabulary by learning the Chinese language.

The full-time mum from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, said: “It’s crazy, but Bear has just always loved learning.

“He’s obsessed with animals and nature, and now he’s starting to name them all in Chinese. It’s hard to keep up.

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“I dread to think what we’ll have to wrap our heads around by the time he’s in school.”

Brainbox Bear blew his mum away when he called her “mama” from four months and started sitting unaided.

He loved reading so much he would sleep with a pack of flashcards and now uses an early years book and YouTube videos to learn Mandarin.

The advanced toddler was also able to count to 100 by the age of two and even took his first steps at around eight months – compared to the usual 12 months.

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Bear, who lives with Ronnie, her bricklayer partner Ryan and big brother Roman, three, flabbergasted nursery staff by doing sums and reading the lunch menu.

Ronnie added: “We’ve encouraged it from a really early age, and have always made sure his room was filled with educational posters and toys, but we really don’t know where it has come from.

“I’ve had to teach myself phonics. It’s not the same as when I was at school, Bear corrects my pronunciation.

“I’ll point out a picture of a bird to him in a book and he’ll say, ‘No, mummy, that’s a quail.’

“We do get a lot of comments when we’re out and about. People don’t expect a two-year-old to be reading a shopping list.”

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