Go International: 6 Foreign Languages Your Kids Can Learn

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    The world has become a much smaller and connected place, and it would benefit your kids to learn a second language. Here’s a short list that you can start with.

    There is no way going around it: the internet and the way we consume media and content has changed the way we interact with one another. And English is not the only language being used online. With how the world is trending now, your kids can really benefit from learning foreign languages like Spanish, Chinese, and French. It will not only benefit him in the future, but it will also help his development as he grows.

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    Your child is at his highest learning potential before he hits the age of 12 or 13, and there are many benefits to learning another language early. Studies have shown that learning multiple languages can boost empathy, improve future career prospects, and can even prevent age-related decline. Among other reasons, learning another language can also help tap your child’s innate creativity and talents!

    How do you know which language your child should learn first? And when should he start learning? Most parents would choose a “heritage” language because their relatives already speak it at home or during gatherings. Most kids can start learning a language at ages 3 and 4- this is a scientific base line, but the younger your child can learn, the better!

    If your family’s native language is English, you have nothing to fear- there are tons of languages your child can start with. Let us look at some of the popular choices parents choose for their kids.

    Spanish

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    This romantic language is one of the most spoken languages in the world, and a popular choice for parents. It is very similar to English and easy to pick up at an early age. Starting with this language opens doors to more languages and opportunities- your child will have an easier time communicating in South America and Europe, and even in the United States (where it is the second most spoken language). Español es divertido!

    Mandarin Chinese

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    The world’s most spoken language is also it’s most practical. China’s vast political and economic growth will not stop any time soon, with many Chinese opening themselves up to exploring and interacting with the rest of the world. So don’t be surprised if you suddenly see more Chinese in your neighborhood or place of work! Learning Chinese is not just a good move for your child’s career prospects- it will also give your child a glimpse into one of the world’s oldest and richest cultures. 學習中文很有趣!

    Japanese

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    Learning Japanese is said to be one of the hardest languages to learn. Luckily, your child is young enough to start and to pick up the language quickly! There are not a lot of Japanese speakers internationally, but teaching your child to speak Japanese opens him up to one of the most advanced nations in the world. There also pockets of Japanese communities your child may encounter in the future. Besides, who wouldn’t want a child who can speak and translate for you when you enjoy the food and sights in Japan? 日本語を勉強するのは楽しい!

    French

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    Another popular language to teach your kids, French is also one of the most widely taught in schools. There is also a good chance that you or someone in your family has learned it too! French is not just a fancy, artistic language. It is also a language used in international politics, academic learning, and in tourism. Most artists and chefs have also been trained in French institutions or studied French as a second language. Similar to Spanish, early learners will have an easy time picking up and learning the language. La vie est belle!

    Italian

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    Learning Italian is not just for learning how to read Italian restaurant menus! Just like Spanish and French, Italian is easy to pick up because of its similarities with English. The Italians are also known for their art, music, and fashion. Their culture is a rich and fascinating journey that encourages kids to have a more global perspective. Plenty of schools in the UK already teach Italian language courses, and Italians are known to be a global people. Vivi al massimo!

    German

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    Germany’s influence goes beyond business and industry: its language is also one of the world’s most spoken languages. Your child can play translator when you visit countries like Switzerland, Italy, and Austria. German is a good language to pair with English because of their similar origins. Other than that, Germany also awards special scholarships and financial support from their top universities to deserving international students.The great things your child can experience in learning German are endless. Guten Tag!

    There are many other languages your kids can learn as a second language. But these ones will surely give your child a great experience, today and in the future!

    To get your child started on learning these languages, head on over to Fun Kids Guide to search the nearest language classes.

     

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