Learning a new language is a big challenge for anyone, but it is much easier for children because of their brain’s plasticity. During infancy, their brain acts like a sponge, absorbing everything it hears and nurturing it with knowledge. If you are thinking about teaching your son or daughter other languages, then you need to know the benefits of doing so.
Here are some of them:
- Better pronunciation. Children possess the natural ability to learn how to speak a new language fluently and use proper pronunciation; by hearing and reproducing new sounds. Also, they are not ashamed to make mistakes at an early age, which makes learning easier.
- Develop higher tolerance. In a globalized world, knowing languages allows you to understand and interact with people from other countries and develop an increased open-mindedness towards different cultures.
- Improved academic learning. Learning new languages implies an increased development of cognitive skills such as creativity, memory, critical thinking, and mental flexibility. These are all factors that influence learning.
- Improve problem-solving skills. When children learn a new language, they encounter many obstacles: an unfamiliar word, an expression that does not have the same meaning in their native language, or a pronunciation that is too complicated to understand. When this happens, children must figure out the right way to solve the problem.
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