Being Bilingual in the Modern Age
Some experts say that it is important to expose children to as many languages as possible when they are growing up. If a parent speaks more than one language, he is encouraged to speak to his child in all the languages he knows. Many parents worry that exposing their children to more than one language may lead to speech delays, mixing of the languages, or not knowing how to tell the languages apart. In fact, the opposite is true! Exposing children to a few languages from a young age (some say younger than the age of seven) will benefit the child throughout his or her lifetime.
- Easier Acquisition of New Languages – Research shows that bilinguality helps when learning a third language. Being bilingual can help children learn additional languages more easily even in their adult lives.
- Academic Advantage – Children who learn several languages from an early age have an academic advantage over other children. English lessons at school will be easier, but also when your child goes to university or pursues her second degree, she will have an easier time reading articles or research in English. Applicants to universities in Israel are required to have a high level of English upon entry, or students will need to take remedial English courses during their time at university.
- Traveling Abroad – When you go on vacation or on a business trip to another country, speaking another language can help you more fully experience the place you’re in and can help you enjoy the rich experiences of life abroad. Additionally, a high level of English can make travel easier, as English is the international language of choice and is used in most other countries when tourists don’t speak the native language.
- Marketability – Speaking several languages at a native level contributes greatly when you are looking for a job or trying to get a promotion. Fluency in English as a spoken language, as well as strong reading and writing, makes you more marketable to employers and gives your resume an advantage over others.
- May Reduces Risk of Neurological Diseases – Research shows that bilinguality can delay diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Learning a new language keeps our brains dextrous and our minds working!
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