Benefits of Bilingualism for Children
At Akorbi we believe that learning a new language is an exciting and fruitful endeavor for anyone, at any age, but it is especially beneficial to children. They are at a unique point in their lives where their main focus can be devoted to learning and absorbing new knowledge. They have so much time and energy to devote to learning a new language. In this Akorbi blog we’ve listed some of the reasons that we believe your child should be learning another language. Read on to discover more!
It’s Easier For Children To Learn Languages
Surely, you’ve heard the saying that children are like sponges. This applies to language acquisition as well. Not only are their brains primed and ready to absorb new information, they are also, as we mentioned before, at a unique point in their life when their main focus gets to be learning. They don’t have adult responsibilities that will keep them from spending time and energy on acquiring new languages.
Between the birth and age 8, children are able to become truly fluent in another language without a hint of an accent. After this time their ability to do this drops significantly. However, the good news is if you learn a language fluently in that window, you’ll be able to pick up additional languages later in life with much more ease and fluency. So get your kids signed up for language classes as early as possible!
It Helps Develop Their Brains
There are many mental benefits to learning another language. Children who learn a second language perform better on tasks that require concentration and problem solving because speaking a second language requires these skills. There is also evidence that bilingual children perform better on standardized tests. Not only this, but there is evidence that the effects of bilingualism extend into old age, delaying the effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
It Makes Them More Adaptable and Open Minded
Children who are exposed to different languages and cultures are generally more adaptable than children who are not. When they speak multiple languages, they are used to being in situations where they have to think quickly on their feet. They have to make quick decisions about what words and phrases they use based on who they are speaking to. Also, being exposed to other cultures makes them less stuck in a certain mindset and open to new ideas and experiences.
Contact Akorbi Today!
At Akorbi, we believe that bilingualism is a very valuable skill! All of our translators and interpreters at Akorbi are native speakers of the languages they translate. They have a personal comprehension of the language and the culture surrounding the language. This helps make their translations and interpretations as accurate and authentic as possible. Contact Akorbi today to find out more about what we can do for you!