Excellent article: “When to let your child begin learning additional languages ?”
1. Babies begin to learn language sounds before they are even born. In the womb, a mother’s voice is one of the most prominent sounds an unborn baby hears.
2. There are 800+ human sounds, each language carries 40+ sounds.
3. No worry that learning 2 languages cause confusion to kids.
4. Bilingual kids use “Code Switching” between 2 languages.
5. Bilingual Advantages:
– easier to learn 3rd, 4th, 5th … languages
– protective effects against cognitive decline with ageing and the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
“Speak the mother tongue at home with your kids, they will learn and speak English in school anyway.”
( — Lee Kuan Yew @ 2013)