You get smarter by becoming bilingual

Two Cornell linguistic researchers are saying that teaching children how to speak a second language is great mind food for the kids.  According to studies at the Cornell Language Acquisition Lab (CLAL), children who learn a second language can maintain attention despite outside stimuli better than children who know only one language.

Barbara Lust, a developmental psychology and linguistics expert, professor of human development and director of CLAL, says: “Cognitive advantages follow from becoming bilingual.” “These cognitive advantages can contribute to a child’s future academic success.”

Lust has been exploring language acquisition in young children for more than 30 years, across more than 20 different languages and cultures, studying which aspects of language acquisition are biologically endowed and which are learned, when and how language acquisition begins and how multiple language acquisition affects cognitive development in children.

“One of the greatest feats of human development is learning language,” says Lust. It’s remarkable, she says, “how well equipped children are, beginning at birth, to accomplish the complex task of learning language.”

Pretty amazing stuff. So if your kids are not already learning a second language, you should consider asking them to do so. If their schools are not already offering Cheap real viagra england language lessons, you should also be asking their school principals why not.

Even adults benefit from learning a foreign language, with real advantages beyond dressing up a CV.  What better example for your kids than having

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a go at it yourself? That way French or Japanese won’t be the only subject you can’t help your child with.  Should you decide to take up some language lessons, you know you can contact the language learning experts at Euroasia.

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