Language is something that we all use nearly every moment of our waking lives to learn, teach, connect and understand the world around us.
It is a well-established fact that the ability to speak more than one language is a huge plus, no matter your age. Not only are bilingual adults slower to develop dementia, speaking more than one language helps children hone cognitive functions that are less developed in people who speak only one language. And when it comes to learning languages, babies are the very best (beginning before they are born!).
It’s true that multilingual learning is challenging and requires more time and extra investment from parents, but there are huge payoffs.
Bilingual children are better than monolingual children at storing, processing and updating information over short periods of time – skills that we use to do mental math and understand what we read. They are also more skilled readers and writers, they function better in social situations, they switch more quickly between tasks and are more comfortable with environmental changes (The Pros and Cons of Raising a Multilingual Child). Learning a second language makes it much easier to learn additional languages, which leads to a whole host of other benefits – including increased cultural awareness and better employment prospects, if you’re thinking that far ahead!
Bilingual books are powerful tools in developing a child’s fluency and reading skills in two languages. When they read a story in both languages, children can transfer better reading skills in one language to another. They also have a unique opportunity to draw parallels between different linguistic structures and become better at building overall comprehension.
Telltree will be offering the first digital children’s books that can be read in multiple languages at the same time, on any mobile device – making it even easier for you to give your children a multilingual education – and share quality time in the process.
Fig 1: http://dana.org/uploadedImages/Images/Content_Images/Cerebrum-bilingual-Fig1-L.jpg
Fig 2: http://www.bhlingual.com/brain-benefits-bilingual-infographic/