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Learning from an early age
The importance of starting young.
For children, the brain is like sponge. It sucks up anything and everything it is given. This is why it is so essential to feed young people the right information.
Opinion: why the next generation must be bilingual
In a global village, communication is key. The world is changing rapidly. It is no news that in America today Spanish is second most important and widely spoken language. -something which is only going to increase as the country’s hispanic population grows. In some states, Spanish is quickly becoming the main language. Spanish is spoken widely throughout the world. All over Latin America, the Canary Islands, as well as mainland Spain. In total there are over 350 million Spanish speakers globally.
But for any parent wondering whether obtaining a new language if useful for the future, here are some points to consider:
It’s much easier to pick up a second language as a child. For young children, their brains are like sponges and can pick up information and learn it extremely quickly. Generally, the older as adult we become, the harder it is to pick up. Allowing your child to learn this at an early age is one of the best gifts you can do.
Bilingual children have also been shown to perform better academically.
It equips children for living in a globalised world. Having an international mindset is a real advantage in today’s world. Knowing Chinese or Spanish offers huge career opportunities and will make it much easier to compete.
What should adults be doing?
So what can you do If you are an adult? Well, the good news is its never too late. Attending night classes can help. Going abroad is often the most effective and fun alternative. Why not find a Spanish school in Costa Rica and immerse yourself in the language? There are plenty of software products out there, but in practice the best method is always through direct communication.
Language learning resources:
Bla-tenerife.com - Spanish learning centre in South Tenerife. Has great facilities and caters to a wide range of learning needs. For anyone in the US who doesn’t know, Tenerife is a tiny island of the coast o Africa, but is actually part of Europe.
http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/parents/articles/how-young-children-learn-english-another-language Official government resource for language education.