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Raising a polyglot comes with a lot of challenges, but also a whole bunch of lifetime benefits for your little one -- acquaint yourself with the "for" and "against" voices, and make an informed decision whether you too would like your bundles of joy speaking in tongues.
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multilingual child can become a significant challenge for parents who haven't
prepared for the reality of teaching their kid more than one language. But
there are so many benefits to knowing many languages that all this effort will
definitely pay off and your child will be forever grateful for it. Here are
some key pros and cons of raising a multilingual child you should know before
deciding to go for it.
simplest way to learn a foreign language – hundreds of hours spent on language
classes won't make up for language skills a child can acquire during infancy.
Growing up with multiple languages is an effortless way to learn them. It's
just natural and kids can't tell the difference between them as clearly as you
do – they just use them to get their point across.
will have an easier time at school – since in most countries, it's mandatory to
learn foreign languages, your child might benefit from this head start.
your child in learning new languages in the future – all the linguistic skills
they acquire as babies will later help them to see differences in sounds,
stress, rhythm, intonation, syntax and even grammatical structures.
helps to develop better reading and writing skills, but also analytical, and
know more than one language will feel at ease in different circumstances –
they'll become flexible and adaptable, increasing their confidence in social situations.
who are multilingual are almost never ethnocentric and have high acceptance of
opens the door to interesting career prospects – to put it simply, knowledge of
foreign languages is a skill in demand.
native language is different from the language used by the community
surrounding you, teaching your child your language will help to create a strong
bond and keep your heritage language alive.
– everyone has an opinion about it and won't hesitate to share it with you.
There are lots of myths circulating about raising multilingual children, but
research proves that they're simply wrong.
multilingual children start to speak later – there exists no scientific evidence
that proves it, but many parents still claim that it does happen. It makes
sense that a child learning two or more languages starts to speak fluently a
little later, doesn't it? A small childhood lag is nothing compared to knowing
two or three languages when reaching adulthood.
risk of mixing languages – this is a common, but temporary phenomenon in
children learning more than one language. It disappears later on as their
vocabulary increases. Make sure to be constant and patient in your
multilingual child requires more effort from parents – this one is a certain
risk. It's a commitment parents need to follow through if they want their child
to be multilingual. Consider it like a long-term investment. Expect to provide
encouragement and struggle to find occasions for exposing your child to the
languages they're learning. Develop a routine and stick to it. Make it a habit
to talk in a language and keep it on.
writing skills – teaching a child to read and write in different languages is
quite a task. The academic load required for reaching full literacy in all
these languages is very large. Consequently, it's more work for parents.
Consider the difficulty of learning different alphabets that is part of learning
to write in another language.
all these pros and cons, and you'll be on your way to making the most out of
the opportunity to raise a young polyglot – a skill that will have a great
positive impact on their adult life.
About the Author: Sophia Mest is a Content Manager at BizDb, where she aspires to put her writing passion into practice and spread
her words across the world. She spends her free time travelling and exploring
the wonders of nature. Follow her on Twitter @MestSophia
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