Did you know that learning a foreign language can be incredibly beneficial to your child? Read through these tips to discover how best you can teach him one.
By Ashwin Lobo
“A different language is a different vision of life” – Federico Fellini
In an increasingly globalised world, learning foreign languages has become more important now than ever before. When your child grows up he may have to interact with people from different countries and cultures. While English is commonly acknowledged as the lingua franca of the world, knowing a foreign language will open multiple opportunities for your child and help him form connections with people across the planet.
According to a research, ‘How Many Languages Are There In The World’, by Stephen R Anderson, published by the Linguistic Society Of America (2010) there are 6,909 distinct languages spoken in the world. Of these languages, Mandarin Chinese is the one that is widely spoken. China, being the most populous country in the world, with over 1.3 billion people, has most of its population speaking this language. Spanish is another language spoken by millions, not only in Spain but also across most of South and Central America.
Learning a new language benefits your child in many ways. It enhances his academic performance, stimulates creativity and prevents age-related cognitive decline. According to the study, ‘Delaying the onset of Alzheimer disease: Bilingualism as a form of cognitive reserve’, by Fergus IM Craik, Ellen Bialystok and Morris Freedman, published by AAN Publications (2010), people who knew more than one language reported the onset of the disease much later than those who only knew one language.
Picking up foreign languages also boosts empathy, fosters cross-cultural understanding, makes travelling more fun and helps in better career opportunities. Today, many children go abroad for higher education. So, teaching a foreign language to your child when he is young can impact his college applications in a positive way.
The following tips will help your child learn a foreign language faster:
Learning and speaking a foreign language helps break barriers and connect human beings across the world on a deeper level. So, encourage your child in her learning and watch as numerous opportunities come her way to help her personal and professional growth.
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