The Benefits of Teaching a Child a Second Language

The Benefits of Teaching a Child a Second Language

Learning a second or even third language all depends on how young your brain is. From the moment we’re born, we begin to tune into the words around us, and over time we build up our vocabulary with the help of parents, teachers and friends.  No one ever remembers learning their first language, and that’s because the brain is so susceptible to influence in its early years.

No matter how old you are, learning a new language is extremely challenging, however the benefits outweigh the detriments. In terms of your career, you’ll appear more desirable to employers, and you’ll also be able to take on more responsibilities within your job role. Naturally however, it’s rare that an adult will be able to juggle their work and family life as well as learning a new language. If you’re thinking of introducing your child to a foreign language, then age won’t just be one of the factors to consider.

The Younger the Better

According to experts, a child’s mind is in a constant state of restructuring in order to cope with the ever changing stimulus of the environment. By learning a language at young age, a child is more likely to develop a native-like pronunciation compared to an adult learning the same language.  Children also have the unique ability of learning the rules of any language, however this skill disappears by the time they reach adulthood.

Which Language?

There’s no point in educating your child in another language unless it’s going to be useful in the future, no matter what country you originate from. At a European level, English is the language to learn if you’re studying business, and families all over the world are prioritising English as a second language. However if want your child to be able to communicate on a global scale, then Chinese-Mandarin is the way forward. Thousands of companies have offices all over the world, so learning another language can be very accommodating when it comes to employment.

Spoken by over 1 billion people compared to 500 million or so English speakers, it’s no surprise that the most widely spoken language on the planet originated in the most populated country on the planet. Although Mandarin can be complicated to learn, with each word pronounced up to four different ways, your child will benefit from an early introduction to this popular language.

The Benefits

As well as academically, learning another language can benefit your child cognitively, making them more creative while also improving their problem-solving skills. Furthermore by introducing your child to a second language at an early age, they’ll also be able to apply the learning processes and linguistic structure to other languages; it’s no coincidence that every new language learnt is easier than the one before.

On a personal level, your child will have better access to resources if they understand another language and the culture that encompasses it. Whether their future job takes them to different countries, or they decide that they want to go travelling for a while, being fluent in another language has a variety of benefits.

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This guest post was contributed by a Lloyd, who is a freelance writer and blogger, on behalf of Innova Solutions.

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