How many foreign languages does your kid speak? None? Why is that?
My daughter is still learning to speak her native language, but I plan to teach all my kids foreign languages as soon as possible. And here is why.
Three simple reasons everyone should teach their kids foreign languages.
1. It is easier to learn languages when you are young.
A very important thing to remember here is that languages are much easier to learn when you are younger. Linguists agree that it’s a period before turning 12, and some say that children can start learning foreign languages as early as age 5. After this period of childhood, learning a second language can be a real struggle.
2. The more languages you know, the easier is for you to learn more languages.
That might sound weird, but that is, in fact, a general rule. Teaching your child any second language will make it easier for them to learn a third (and fourth and fifth) down the line.
3. Your kid will be grateful for this later in life.
No matter which second language you choose, your child will without any doubt be very grateful for this. A second language will give them a leg up in life, that’s for sure.
This is why I will teach my kids foreign languages.
That decision was easy to make. But how to choose the right language to teach your kids?
You have to consider what particular goal you have in mind for this second language.
Some parents teach kids foreign languages for cultural reasons because they want to pass on their native language while others do so because it is common in the area they live. These languages are the easiest for a child to learn because they are surrounded by them.
If you pick a language that is supported by the surrounding culture, it will be easier for your kid to learn that foreign language. If there’s a language that you are a native speaker of or one that is spoken in your area, I would highly recommend teaching that language to your child. It will be easy to learn and at the same time useful to them.
But don’t get so frustrated trying to choose the “perfect” language – you really cannot make a wrong decision.