Britain: This 4-year-old child can read seven languages, Britain’s youngest Mensa member
London: A 4-year-old boy has become Britain’s youngest member of Mensa. Teddy Hobbs, from Portishead, Somerset, can read and count in seven languages. According to a BBC report, Teddy started learning to read on his own at the age of two.
Mensa, the world’s largest high-IQ society
Mensa is the largest and oldest high-IQ society in the world. This includes people who score at or above the 98th percentile on a standardized intelligence test. Teddy taught himself to read at the age of two while watching TV and playing on the tablet. The funny thing is that during this time his parents did not pay attention to his studies. Teddy’s mother, Beth Hobbs, said that he learned to read when he was only 26 months old.
learned everything by copying from tv
All this he learned by imitating the sounds of children’s television shows and letters. After that, the child became interested in learning to count to 100 in Mandarin Chinese. They can also count to 100 in other non-native languages including Welsh, French, Spanish and German.
no interest in sports and tv
Beth Hobbs said that the child is not interested in sports and TV. Instead, he prefers to find words. She’s always had an interest in books, so we made sure she had plenty of books. But, he started getting real interest during the lockdown. Then he went ahead and started learning numbers.
self taught chinese counting
Teddy’s mom said we got him a tablet to play games on next Christmas. Instead he taught himself to count to 100 in Mandarin. He was playing on his tablet, making sounds I still don’t recognize. I asked him what it was. To this Teddy said mother, I am counting in Mandarin. Amazed and confused by her talent, her parents took her to a doctor for a checkup. Teddy was only three years and seven months old at the time. The experts evaluated them online for an hour.
passed the IQ test
Teddy passed the IQ test by scoring 139 out of 160 on the Stanford Binet test. Teddy was admitted to Mensa late last year. Further assessment also showed that at the age of three years and eight months, Teddy had the letter and word recognition of an eight year and 10 month old child. Teddy, who started school in September, achieved a Mensa certificate, making him one of the youngest people in the country to join the society.