What Is the Ideal Age for Children to Start Learning Foreign Languages?

A recent new study proves additional evidence that learning foreign languages comes with major benefits, and our capacity to learn a language diminishes gradually over our lives.


When you see young children switching from one language to another effortlessly, you might wonder how complicated human language really is.  

However, adults or even students after a certain age, care too much about grammar learning and they usually become stuck at a step of learning process and overthink it, whereas for young children it just comes naturally.

Educators report that young children, when engaged in game-like activities, often become familiar with languages without even realizing they are learning it.

By following their favorite story book adventures or nursery rhymes, they start to sing spontaneously and repeating sentences and expressions. The play-like activities help children to acquire foreign languages subconsciously, and they see it as something new to explore rather than something they must do.

Teaching and learning foreign languages at an early age is often questioned and undervalued, but now more research studies state quite the opposite.

The Main Advantages of Learning Foreign Languages


New researches take not only the result of language learning across an entire age range into account, but also other factors, such as the amount of time the learner spends using the language, and they have proven that early language education comes with many benefits, as follow:

1. Increased cognitive benefits
Learning additional languages not only develops the brain of the children, but it also increases critical thinking skills, creativity and flexibility of their mind.

2. Speaking without accent
The younger the children are, the better they are at developing appropriate pronunciation and learn mimicking new sounds without an accent.  

3. Better performance in and out of the school
Pupils they have started to learn foreign languages at an early age, perform better in tests and working on multiple projects simultaneously than their non-foreign language learning peers.

4. Eliminate the fear
Before children become self-conscious, they try out their newly acquired languages without fear of embarrassment.

5. Learning additional languages more easily
Children who learned a second language at an early age might have the ability to learn another one easier.

6.Discovering the world
The capability to read and get understood in foreign languages enables children to reach a bigger view of the world.

7.Cultural enrichment
If the children communicate with people in that language, they can build a bridge — not only to that people, but to the heritage and history they represent.
Source:
'Telegraph: Children should start learning languages at age three'
Canadian Parents for French PEI: Top 10 Benefits of Early Language Learning
Business Insider: 5 unexpected benefits of learning another language
Independent: The best age to learn a second language

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