Why children should learn a foreign language
A good foundation
Learning a foreign language means that we understand our mother tongue better and even master our grammar more securely. Learning how another language works makes us explore the mechanisms of our own language.
Growth spurt for the brain
Studies on the effects of bilingualism in children suggest that brain development is stimulated by mastering more than one language, and even building new brain cells! According to a study in Nature, bilingual children have a significantly higher density of “gray cells” in their brains.
Learning a new language is a unique sense of achievement – at any age. In children, language acquisition is intuitive and natural, and the ease and enjoyment of this experience can help to increase their self-confidence and willingness to learn.
Improved academic performance
Numerous studies confirm that students who have learned a foreign language score much better in many tests than those who speak only their mother tongue.
Better reading skills
A study by the University of York (Canada) points out that bilingual students have an advantage in reading through their foreign language skills. This is explained by the fact that they can apply the knowledge and experience from one language to the next and already have more experience in dealing with language.
The decisive difference
In times when access to higher education is increasingly fierce, knowledge of one or two foreign languages may strengthen the candidate’s profile. Those who speak several foreign languages have a clear advantage in an increasingly globalized world.
What did you say…?
Children have the ability to perceive subtle differences in sounds and sounds, which is why they can easily imitate accents. Their sensitive ears help them to grasp and mimic difficult sounds that older learners often fail. The sooner children start, the smoother and safer they can speak.
Broadening the horizon
If we are able to communicate safely in the national language when traveling abroad, we are in a position to participate in the culture and everyday life of the country and not just to be in transit.
By acquiring a new language, we can get to know people outside of our environment with whom we would otherwise be unable to speak and build a deep bond with them. Knowledge of foreign languages helps us to get close to other people, their culture and their stories.
Fun for the whole family!
A language can be learned as a family at home in the free time together. It’s best to do it as soon as possible!
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