Jakarta – Learning a different language can be very beneficial for your little one in terms of cultural development and exposure, Mother. The younger your child is, the better it will be for you to introduce a foreign language to your little one.
“We think language learning is very beneficial for a child’s development and is a real investment for the future,” said Antonella Sorace, professor of developmental linguistics and director of bilingualism issues at the University of Edinburgh. Reader’s Digest.
Why Does Your Child Have to Learn a Foreign Language?
Apart from being able to speak other languages, the academic and interpersonal skills that can be gained from learning a foreign language are also important.
“Children who are exposed to different languages become more aware of different cultures, other people and points of view. They also tend to be better than monolinguals at multitasking and are often better at reading,” Sorace said Reader’s Digest.
In addition, Mother, quoted from the page Parentsresearch published in Psychological Science demonstrated by thinking in a foreign language, can help people make faster and better life decisions.
Other studies have also found that people who are proficient in speaking a foreign language have higher career prospects and a higher standard of living. Recent research from the University of Chicago even shows a second language can be beneficial for health, namely helping to prevent dementia later in life.
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The right age for children to learn foreign languages
According to experts, your little one should start learning foreign languages from an early age, the younger, the better. “A child is born with the ability to learn any language in the world,” explains Caryn Antonini, creator of Early Lingo (earlylingo.com), quoted from page Parents.
“As children get older, like a window, they will slowly close. Their ability in terms of language acquisition also decreases, but as long as children learn languages before puberty (age 12 or 13), children must be able to speak their mother tongue,” he explained.
If you can’t give foreign language lessons at the course, you can give them a children’s show in the language of your choice. It’s still effective.
“Even though their parents don’t speak the language, the children can still learn. The important thing is that parents are there to learn with their children and interact. You don’t need to be fluent,” says Andrew Finan, manager of the language blog (languagepie.wordpress.com), quoted from page Parents.
Well, you may be confused, from the many languages in the world, which language is the best for your little one to learn.
Read on the next page, Mother.
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