The promotion of language learning for your kid
Language is and always will be the most important communication tool that the human race can possesses. It allows us to understand each other in the world around us, as well as properly expressing ourselves. So it is only natural to want our children to take the advantage of this aspect of the society, and what a better way to do that than learning another language. And not even counting the obvious pluses of knowing a second language which pose additional advantages all through their lifetime.
Probably the first distinction that we have to make is the age of the learning child. When the child is little- up to three years old, is that they have a chance to pick up a second language parallel to their mother tongue; which in turn can make them bilingual. And while this might be challenging, especially when living in a monolingual family, it can be done and will be so rewarding. Perhaps the greatest feature of the bilingualism is the fact that the child’s cognitive functions would develop faster than monolingual child’s. In order to wrap their mind around the two different languages, the child would need to constantly separate one from the other. Granted, it can largely depend on the specific child and their individual strengths, but generally bilingual children are better at multitasking (since they would be doing it from an early age). And as they grow, the cognitive abilities would translate into academic achievements, since knowing two languages allows the child to get a better understanding on how the language works, the system behind it, therefore they are better at realizing various rules and flow of the sentences and grammar than monolingual children.
This aspect is also true if the child starts learning at the later age after they are three years old. When the child takes up learning of another language when they are a bit older, bilingualism may no longer be an option. Mostly because the child would already have only one language registered in his brain as his main one. But that doesn’t mean they can’t learn or improve or reap the benefits of the second language. Children who are learning the second language also learn to read early on – both by circumstances and necessity. They have to compare the second language to their primary one and this allows them to see connections and links in structures, something that would be harder for a monolingual child.
And let’s not forget that nowadays everything is connected. So if your child grows up having more than one way (or language) to connect with another person, that just increases their chances of success. Disregarding the obvious scenario of being in a situation when no one speaks your native tongue, there’s also a huge benefit of having a brain wired to jump from one language to another, the ability to differentiate and separate vocabularies. They can take on more complex tasks down the line, they have more gray matter in their brain- it affects their decision making, speech, and hearing, basically making them more academically inclined.
Every parent wants their child to be special and have a great future. And what a better way to ensure that they have that slight advantage than introducing them to the second language. Whether you will let your child experience two languages simultaneously early on, or if you want them to pick up the second language later down the line, it will still help to shape their future, as there are little to no drawbacks to knowing to be multilingual.