It is simply so much easier to begin early – no need for long hours of grammar or vocabulary cramming. The old adage that children are like sponges, is true in our opinion, and just as kids learn their mother tongue in an explosion of words, they can easily learn a second or third language in the same way.
One big condition, however, is that they need to have sufficient exposure and opportunities for integration with these other languages. Acquiring a language requires constant practice. A one hour lesson a week is helpful, of course, but it isn’t enough. Also, children have a higher chance of speaking “accent free” if they learn when very young.
Some researchers assert that children may be confused by speaking more than one language, and this can be true, particularly when children are small. However, it’s undeniably poetic when a Spanish speaker says “let’s touch the guitar” instead of “play”! Of course, the child quickly learns to correct the phrase…
Here three articles, we found interesting and helpful, about the benefits of learning a second, third or fourth language early…enjoy reading!
Source: University of Washington
New findings from the University of Washington show that babies raised in bilingual households show brain activity associated with executive functioning as early as 11 months of age.
By Mia Nacamulli, Lisa LaBracio, Biljana Labovic and Alex Gendler
It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain? Mia Nacamulli details the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged.
By Catherine Ford
For years it was thought that teaching foreign languages to children as young as three was futile. Research findings indicate quite the opposite.
There are incredible psychological benefits of learning another language. These benefits extend way beyond being able to order a cup of tea abroad.
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