A child’s brain has plasticity, and it will be easier for him to learn a second – or even a third – language. If you want your children to learn a foreign language, you are correct because there are only benefits for them, although there are also some considerations that are worth taking into account.
When you consider the possibility of teaching your child a foreign language, it is a good idea to think about the benefits for them, since you will be opening doors for them in their future. In this sense, you may want to think about which languages would be the most appropriate for your children, such as English. However, there are other languages that are gaining popularity such as Chinese-Mandarin, French or Portuguese.
Children are like ‘sponges’ when it comes to learning new languages. Children’s brains are developed to accept and learn any language, and if they learn it early, their linguistics will be great.
There is research showing that language learning is more cognitive than linguistic. Here are some of the cognitive benefits of learning a foreign language:
- Better problem-solving skills
- Better critical thinking skills
- More creativity
- Better flexibility in mind
- Better memory capacity
- Better multitasking skills
Higher cultural level
All parents want their children to be good people who know what they are talking about and have an adequate level of culture. This is achieved by having a love for learning and also by being tolerant and appreciative of other cultures. Thus, they will grow up as successful and contributing members of society.
Bilingual or trilingual people have access to more resources, more people, more places… than people who do not know languages do not. Knowing foreign languages can provide competitive advantages at work and also deepen a better understanding of humanity, culture and enrich one’s life.
As you have seen, there are many benefits that foreign languages bring to children, in addition to the confidence they will feel when interacting with the world. Don’t deprive them of the opportunity to be bilingual!