Based in Dallas, Texas, firstSounds began as Sound Beginnings by two language specialists and expanded to Professor Parrot. Sound Beginnings is the original language development system designed specifically for infants. The Sound Beginnings audio download introduces babies to the sounds of eight languages through the use of the alphabet, nursery rhymes and lullabies unique to each culture. Professor Parrot includes products for children between the ages of 2 and 7.
Co-founders Beth Huddleston and Karen Yates met in the summer of 1984 while enrolled in an innovative German class. This class changed their lives as the two women realized that they shared of a love of languages and a desire to revolutionize the language industry by introducing languages exposure at an early age.
In 1993, after the birth of Huddleston’s third child, she and Yates combined their linguistic and international talents to establish Sound Beginnings and Professor Parrot Products, the producer of innovative language and cultural products for children. In 2005, Karen left the company to pursue her interest in accent reduction establishing Global English Training.
Now, Beth has combined Sound Beginnings and Professor Parrot to form firstSounds offering age appropriate products that introduce children to languages, music, and cultures from around the world. Sound Beginnings and Professor Parrot products are the first steps in little ones learning a new language.
Beth Huddleston has a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and English Literature from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown. She is the Executive Vice President of the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth and serves as chief of international protocol for the City of Dallas. Beth has worked all of her life to promote international understanding between people of diverse cultures.