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What are the advantages of bilingualism?

There is no minimum age to begin learning a language. According to scientific evidence, the sooner a child is exposed to a new language, the better.

Exposure to a foreign language in infancy will help the child learn to speak a second language, and with a more natural accent.Not only will it be easier for the child to speak this language, but the child will also maintain better concentration.

Studies have revealed that bilingual children have better concentration, and that bilingualism can even delay the onset of Alzheimer’s.

Dr. José Antonio Portellano, a neuropsychologist at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, affirms the importance of early foreign language exposure through his metaphor of a blank diary. If we wait to write the pages of bilingualism, the diary fills up and we are left to scribble in the margins.

Bilingual immersion can never come too early. Bilingual education needs to include multiple elements of support and reinforcement; watching cartoons in English isn’t enough. What is most important is that a child’s exposure to a new language integrates with the child’s natural behavior.

By introducing English through songs, stories, and games to children in the home, the language does not become attached to a “foreign” concept, rather a natural part of life.

 

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