3 REASONS WHY
LEARNING A FOREIGN
- There are some hundreds if not thousands of different sounds used across all the world’s languages. Each language typically uses 20-50 of those sounds. So when you start learning a new language, there’s a good chance you’ll have lots of unfamiliar sounds to contend with. In fact, when you are untrained in a language, your ear barely recognises these ‘new’ sounds.
- When we speak, we don’t generally say each word separately – they run together in a stream of sounds. With no indications of the beginning and ends of words, it’s no easy task to pick them apart.
- When they’re learning to talk, children have to guess the underlying rules of language through trial and error. And of course, repetition – lots and lots and lots of it! So it’s no wonder children only become fluent in their own language after the age of seven.
That’s why Little Chatterbox’s
unique learning strategies include
- Seeing words spoken as well as hearing them, via our videos of older children speaking their native language
- Fun games using repetition to test your child’s knowledge and help anchor memories
But many more reasons why it is also rewarding!
A generation ago, people thought that teaching foreign languages to children was potentially harmful to their primary language development. However, opinion has drastically changed on the matter. Most people would now agree that bilingual children’s primary linguistic abilities are in no way harmed when they learn new languages, though they may be slower at first, and on the contrary learning a new language develops a person cognitively, socially and culturally.
Many people consider the following key benefits of learning a second language:
Early cognitive advantages:
Long term Alzheimer protection:
- Although this is probably not on the forefront of your mind when making choices for a five year old, but it may boost your own desire to learn a foreign language
- It is no secret that at many workplaces mastering foreign languages opens up opportunities
- For many people to learn a language is a way to strengthen family ties, or to connect with their roots
- But principally we would argue that to learn a language and discover a new culture is simply personally enriching
And the best part of it is, you or your child may benefit from these even if you do not become fully proficient. The exercise is great for your brain, and great for your mind!