The Advantages of Learning a Second Language
The advantages of learning a second language are many and varied. Here’s our top ten.
More Powerful Brains
New studies on brain development indicate that early exposure to more than one language builds more powerful brains, with better and faster synaptic connections.
Children who have been exposed to a foreign language early often learn to read faster and with greater ease because they are able to recognize the relationship between letters and their sounds without the help of visual objects. Exposure to a second language clearly benefits children’s reading abilities.
Better Problem Solving Abilities
Children who learn a second language typically have better problem solving abilities, better reasoning skills, and are more creative.
Better Test Scores
Children with bilingual skills outperform similar monolingual children on both verbal and non-verbal tests of intelligence and typically, have higher SAT or standardized test scores.
Enhances Cognitive Development
Bilingual children have better cognitive skills than children who have not been exposed to a second language.
Greater Understanding & Appreciation of Native Tongue
The more a child learns in a foreign language, the more they understand their native tongue. When children learn concepts in a new language it reinforces what they have already learned in their own language. Learning a new language promotes a natural curiosity of the native tongue.
Higher Levels of Self Confidence
Children who have learned a foreign language have higher levels of self-confidence.
Children have the ability to learn to speak foreign languages with native pronunciation because they are able to hear and reproduce slight differences in tone and sound unlike adults.
Exposing children to a second language not only gives them the ability to communicate with more people but also teaches them to appreciate and respect other cultures and people that are different from themselves.
Knowing a second language also gives people a competitive advantage in college and the workforce.