How Bilingualism Can Improve Your Child's Well-being

Learning a new language is not an easy task. There can be a lot of barriers present in learning a second language: different conjugations, unknown pronunciations, atypical phrases, and the list goes on. However, as someone who learned a language as a child, I have come to highly appreciate my unique abilities that emerged in my youth. Let's take a look at how learning a second language helps children in school, and as they grow and develop.

Research indicates that children who learn a second language have improved memory, concentration, and multitasking abilities. In a recent study, children who spoke two languages were studied and compared to children who spoke one. They found that bilingual children displayed a larger gray matter density in their brains. The brain's gray matter is the component responsible for memory, speech, and sensory detail. This means that these bilingual children had a higher ability of processing information. In another study, children who spoke two languages were deemed better readers because of their ability to speak more than one language. Contrary to popular belief, learning two languages simultaneously or sequentially as a child does not confuse them. As a matter of fact, it enhances their phonological and vocabulary skills. Furthermore, children who are bilingual are also more likely to have higher test scores on exams. And down the road when they are teenagers, it can help them score higher points on the SAT (on average 140 points higher!).

In addition to improved academia as mentioned in the article, children who learn a second language can be more culturally aware. They are more likely to improve their friendships and interactions with people who are not of the same culture or background. By learning a second language, children can communicate with relatives who do not speak English. It can bring them closer to their ethnicity.

Overall, bilingual children are able to nurture their curiosity through second languages, and although it can be hard, it is a worthwhile endeavor. When they learn a new language, they open a door to new opportunities and abilities that will be useful throughout their lifetime. 

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