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There are lots of people around the world that since their very early age they learn many languages.

That’s one of the gifts that life gives to us. We need to know what happens to our brain and why it’s always recommended and approved that the more languages we speak the better for our mental health. 

Multilingual experience not only changes brain structures involved in language processing but also alters the connectivity among brain areas and structures that are not specific to language and changes performance even when no language is involved. Imagine when the children are learning from very small new languages. Their brain changes, gets better, their neural connection transforms into something more powerful.

Language builds connections not only externally because it allows us to communicate with others, but also internally. New neural pathways occur.

Children are very beneficiated as their brain grows in a multi-creative way. Their learning levels are very high and when they are exposed to many languages, their development is faster.

Let’s see together some of the benefits that multilingualism has for children:

  1. Multilingualism helps children and students to demonstrate more interest in many cultural things and their learning path is easier.
  2. Multilingualism stimulates constantly the brain and its executive functions.
  3. Improves problem solving.
  4. Also, children that are multilingual develop an open mind, they understand the diversity of cultures as a way to enrich their minds.
  5. Multilingualism improves the capacity of multi-tasking.
  6. Children that know many languages learn from a very young age to communicate better with others. Language barriers don’t exist for them.
  7. Multilingualism stimulates the brain in a total and holistic way. Children become creative, pay attention to details, and learn lots of hobbies.
  8. Their memory and concentration skills flourish faster.

 

Those are some of the benefits of multilingualism. It is important that children that are exposed to this magical world of languages have your parents’ help in order to learn the languages better and more carefully. Let me help you and give you all the necessary guidelines you need to show your children the best way of learning languages from an early age!

But when can children learn languages?

Generally speaking, each life stage gives us tools to learn a language.

As babies we can hear different sounds, when we are children, we can acquire and recognize different accents. And as adults, we have a greater attention span, which allows us to acquire more vocabulary and as a result to learn and use more languages.

Contact me if you need to know more!

 

Sofía Zelou