Importance of Multilanguage Exposure in Childhood
Being multilingual will enable your child to understand linguistic fundamentals while enhancing at the same time competency in his or her native language. It fosters mental capability in learning and creativity.
In brief, bilingual children generally have a much easier time with challenging concepts such as learning how to read, dealing with distractions, and even forming sharper memories. In addition to the numerous cognitive benefits of multilingual capacity, your child will demonstrate precocious usage of vocabulary in everyday communications. With exposure to languages as children, linguistics comes more naturally.
Undoing the Myths and Misconceptions about Bilingual Education
Raising a multilingual baby is a practice fraught with misconceptions. Everyone has an opinion and may be more than happy to share it with you. But, extensive medical studies on language development in the last 10-20 years have proven most of these myths wrong. Having raised three multi-lingual children ourselves, and living a European life where on average a child speaks minimum two languages with ease, we wholeheartedly agree with the statements below that the advantages of multi-lingualism by far outweigh the challenges it poses.
Cognitive Benefits of Being Bilingual
- Improved attention to detail
- Ability to focus on important details
- Early onset of conflict management skills
- Improved memory
- Improved executive control
- Protection against certain illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease
- Lessening of symptoms associated with cognitive decline
- Improved social skills
- Reduced stress
- Reduced risk for depression
- Cultural openness