3-year-old British boy can count till 100 in seven languages
Child prodigies are a wonder not only to their parents but also to others in the world outside. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the celebrated composer, started playing the harpsichord when he was just 3 years old. Legendary Spanish painter Pablo Picasso made his first oil painting when he was barely 9 years. Now, there is a three-year-old boy called Teddy Hobbs from Somerset, England, who can read and count in seven languages.
Rightly so, he has become Britain’s youngest Mensa member. Mensa is an international group of persons with very high intelligence quotient, above the 98th percentile of IQs worldwide.
Teddy Hobbs has managed to gain access to this exclusive club when he is just three years and nine months old.
The child prodigy from Portishead can already count till 100 in six languages, apart from English. That includes Mandarin, Welsh, French, Spanish and German.
He started reading at two years and four months – and while his peers are learning the first alphabets, he can devour Harry Potter books.
Teddy was admitted to Mensa late last year after smashing an IQ test with the group, stunning his parents who did not know he was so brilliant.
Beth Hobbs, 31 and her husband Will, 41, say that it was a total ‘fluke’ really that he got in. But he is not autistic or suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as such children with special needs have a streak of brilliance in them.
Unfortunately, because he is such a genius at such a tender age, he shows little in things which would be considered normal for boys his age, such as games and TV, according to the Independent.
Nothing escapes his notice. He registers everything that he listens to. He can even remember conversations you had with him at Christmas last year.
He is not fond of playing games on devices, like other children. He loves using apps to learn to count till 100 in Mandarin and other languages.
His idea of fun: sitting down and reciting his times tables.