Nine-Year-Old Boy in Changchun Learns Chinese Dictionary by Heart

March 31, 2006 12:00 am Last Updated: March 31, 2006 12:00 am

Give the boy any word and he can say accurately where the word is located in the Chinese dictionary. This is the boy who is only nine-years-old in Changchun with advanced intelligence. In addition, he can also recognize the flags of countries all over the world and recite the capitals of every country in the world. The boy's mother hopes an expert can explain the child's advanced intelligence.

According to City Evening News, the handsome boy named Xiao Qiang (alias) lives near Linghe street in Changchun City. Xiao Qiang's mother, Mrs. Gao said, after discovering that the child has this special talent, they tested him intensely before this Chinese New Year. The boy's family gave him more than 1,000 words and the boy answered every question correctly.

Mrs. Gao said Xiao Qiang only learned to talk when he was three or four years old. He could say a complete sentence only when he was five or six years old. Gao says, “In order to cultivate the child, when Xiao Qiang hadn't learned how to talk, I spent money to hire a home tutor to teach him Chinese spelling and other skills.”

Mrs. Gao said Xiao Qiang learned how to speak very late but he could recognize words very early. At the age of four, he was able to recognize about 2,000 Chinese words. When he is reading a book, he is always reading and doing something else at the same time. It seems that he doesn't pay too much attention. However, he can remember whatever he had seen before. As for how he remembers, his family can't understand it.

When Mrs. Gao asks Xiao Qiang the names of the capital cities of certain countries. Xiao Qiang would answer without hesitation, “Japan's capital city is Tokyo, America's capital city is Washington.”

Is it because the names of these countries names are too common? The capital of Lithuania is Vilnius and the capital of Liechtenstein is Vaduz…. Xiao Qiang can still answer these questions correctly.

Xiao Qiang is also good at recognizing the flags of different countries. It does not matter which country's flag, there is nothing he doesn't know. What's more unbelievable is that he is able to recite the brand names or models of different cars and mobile phones even though he has not seen them before. This is something his family cannot understand. They really don't know how he knows such information.

Currently, Mrs. Gao hopes an expert can provide an explanation for Xiao Qiang's special abilities, whether he has some special talents and in which direction should he develop in order to make good use of such potential.