Human beings are born with more neurons than we actually need. Therefore we are ready to speak in any language. If during the EARLY years of birth we stimulate in different language it will create the neurons connections to develop certain zones of the brain which are important for linguistic learning.
In other case those neurons will not be necessary and will die. The neuronal death is a process totally normal, which cause it seems to be the lack of synaptic conexions the neurons creates. If there is no stimulus, it doesnt set up connections and the cell will end up insolated and finally die.
The experts agree...
The experts agree that it is more efective to speak to cildren in many languages during the eaarly age, because it will allow them to completly learn a language hollistically. Speak a secong or a third language, this will train the infant’s brain circuit to help to create a easier method to learning languages in the future.
The most widely used method for bilingual or multilingual families is to speak with their children in each parent’s mother tongue, it is known as the ‘OPOL’ method (one parent, one language). The other most common method is a language in each environment that is to say the children are exposed to a language in a family context and another one in the social context.
Children naturally dont want to speak another language that is not the language they will speak with their friends and classmates. But if you want your child to speak the language of the father’s or mother’s family, will depend largely on the commitment of the parents. If one day the child says “no more Spanish”, talk to him calmly about how important it is to know another language, and especially in our case, since it is a language spoken in different parts of the world, and by many millions of people.
Educating children in a multilingual environment can help them to recognize the importance of their culture and heritage, develop a strong and personal identity and it can be of great use for work when they grow up!
Young children must...
Young children must use rhymes, songs and games from their childhood. As your children grow, be more persistent and creative. Some parents send their children to language schools to learn the language in a more formal way. Many families also choose to send their children to spend more time with their relatives in their homeland, whether if it is just for the summer time or longer. Do not forget that it is important to have friends who also speak a heritage language.
Occasionally a child can mix some other word between the two languages, but at first those cases are normal, especially when the two languages have similar words. However, those small mistakes often disappear with time.
Being multilingual means that a person can understand and communicate in several languages, and express thoughts clearly in different languages. In addition, bilingual and multilingual children understand better the cultural diversity of our world and they are more open to new cultures and differences thoughts.
Do you know...?
Scientific studies show that multilingualism, ie, learning different languages, makes practitioners more intelligent people with profound effects on brain development, especially at early ages.
Current studies show that the benefits of multilingualism persist in middle age. So which means that children who speak several languages have a lower risk of developing a cognitive impairment or Alzheimer.