(FOX 11) - Studies show that children are born with the ability to identify sounds from every language, and as they grow, their skills narrow to focus on the language(s) they hear most often.
Learning more than one language at the same time is not confusing to young children. Rather, it helps them develop multiple, but inter-related, language systems, and increased cognitive functions.
Don’t limit or be afraid to introduce your little ones to another language.
Dual-language learners tend to demonstrate greater working memory, reasoning, flexibility, and problem-solving.
Knowing more than one language can also expand their career opportunities, keep them mentally sharp in their twilight years, and help them gain an appreciation for the culture and roots of their families.
Some ideas on how to incorporate two languages in your home:
- Play music in multiple languages. Songs played over and over again help a child learn and understand new words and concepts.
- Read books in different languages and take your child to dual language reading groups at the library.
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