Contrary to popular belief, learning multiple languages simultaneously doesn’t cause a language delay and is shown to have many benefits. In fact, children’s brains are able to absorb a second language effortlessly from the ages of 0-3 since their brains are more flexible and adaptable.
Although bilingual children may use words from two languages in one sentence in the beginning, they eventually learn how to separate the two. Fear not! This is all a normal part of language learning!
Here are 5 Reasons Why You Should Teach Your Child a New Language:
1. Boosts Academic Achievement
According to research, children who learn a second language are more likely to do better in school as they have better writing, reading, math skills and a richer vocabulary. By learning a new language, not only do you understand your primary language better, but it is also easier to learn a third language.
2. Improves Cognitive Development
By embarking on a journey to learn a new language, children develop “cognitive flexibility” as they have to mentally switch from one language to the other and decide which one to use. This mental workout strengthens children’s cognitive muscles and makes them more skilled at multi-tasking, concentrating, planning and most importantly, problem-solving.
3. Fosters Creative Thinking
Many studies have shown that bilingual children have a larger capacity to think outside of the box. Since some words and expressions don’t exist in other languages, children are forced to find translations of words in one language and convert it to the other. This mental game allows a child to develop unique thinking skills.
4. More Opportunities
In today’s globalized society, children who know more than one language will be exposed to numerous opportunities in University/College as well as throughout their professional careers. Children will be able to reach and influence a larger audience through the power of language.
5. Building Family Bonds
Beginning the language learning process early with your children allows you to create an environment where you can bond with your family while learning a language together. Why not come together and make it a family project?
Also, learning a second language can allow your children to strengthen ties with family members who may not speak English, and will develop a connection with their culture.
Your child will broaden their understanding of the world through empathy for different races, religions and ethnicities as they will be able to create a connection to people from different parts of the world.
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