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Becoming Bilingual at a Young Age

by | Jan 30, 2019 | Education

Becoming Bilingual at a Young Age

Positive Development in Bilingual Children

Learning language at a young age gives children different learning skills throughout development and helps them as they continue into a career in the future. Learning another language allows children to communicate with millions of people in the world. For example, learning how to speak Mandarin opens up conversing with over a billion Mandarin speakers in the world. Imagine giving a child the opportunity to understand different cultures, make connections with millions of people and be comfortable anywhere in the world just by helping them become bilingual or multilingual.

It is important for children to start learning new languages at a young age because a growing mind can pick up languages quickly. Cognitive development for children who start at a young age has been shown to have different patterns in the brain for those who speak two or more languages. One of the best ways to learn a second language is to put your child in situations where the second language surrounds them, this also helps the child understand the nativelike language proficiency. Children learn how to separate both languages in the brain. Studies show they are better problem solvers because of the way they can separate language. Once a child learns one language, it makes it easier for them to continue learning different languages. There has also been research on the ability to think and read in two or more languages increases higher levels of abstract thought.

Emotional and social development has been proven to increase by learning more than one language. These studies have shown that children are able to regulate their behavior, which helps them avoid temper tantrums or other forms of acting out. When children are young, learning is something natural and fun for a child to do. They have more patience with learning compared to someone who is a teenager or adult because in this case it is usually something that the person forces themself to do. Emotional and social development is also built through empathy, people tend to understand how the language shapes the way they think. It also allows the child to see through the eyes of others at such a young age.

When children learn multiple languages, it helps them communicate and connect to cultures with a different understanding than monolinguals. Learning different languages at such a young age will help with career goals down the road. Chances of employment also have the ability to increase when becoming multilingual.

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