12 Jul Benefits of Learning Languages at a Young Age
There has been an alarmingly large increase in the demand for language teachers and nannies who speak a second language. Through extensive research and studies, it is evident that the receptive window to absorb a second language is greatest between the ages of 6 months and 4 years, closing around the age of puberty, hence the reason there are so many new parents seeking a foreign language speaking nanny.
The many cognitive benefits of learning languages are undeniable. Children who speak more than one language have improved memory, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, enhanced concentration, ability to multitask, and better listening skills.
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With China being the fastest growing economy, there are ample benefits of knowing Mandarin as an adult, but studies show that children benefit in incredible ways from learning Mandarin while they are young. This being said, an incredibly popular second language that is emerging throughout the country at the moment is Chinese Mandarin. Considering it is quite a challenging language for someone to learn, the ideal time to achieve fluency is at a young age.
There are extensive benefits of learning a second language in general, but the benefits of learning Chinese Mandarin are fascinating.
- Becoming familiar with tones and sounds actually helps cultivate musical ability in children.
- Since Chinese writing relies on thousands of characters, learners of Chinese Mandarin have to read and interpret a vast number of visual symbols, activating more regions of the brain than English, which only relies on a phonetic alphabet.
- Writing Chinese characters (pen strokes in multiple directions and differentiating hand pressure) has been shown to improve fine motor skills and spatial recognition in children, ultimately improving their hand-eye coordination.
- Chinese involves learning language, sounds, drawing, and math all at once, meaning it activates more regions of the brain, compared to English-speakers which mainly use right and left hemispheres, ultimately improving cognitive development, leading to greater overall creativity, enhanced problem-solving, and increased emotional intelligence.
With all these benefits for the mind and brain, Mandarin language learning for children is sure to be an asset for their whole life, regardless of their eventual interests or profession.