The great part of our society is the coming together of different cultures. More and more we are seeing interracial couples with different heritages, allowing our future generations to be even more inclusive and tolerant of differences. The way to strengthen this is to allow children of different cultural heritages to learn both languages
and cultures. However managing this can be a difficult and sometimes daunting task, so we have put together some tips.
First, let’s deal with the misconception that people always ask. Can children really learn a second language at a very early age without disturbing their language development? The answer is YES. With very young children, a second language is learnt the same way children learn a first language, which is to say, not really teaching them a language but exposing them to the language. Their
minds are like sponges,
so exposure at a young age will enable them to grasp the languages. Now that we have addressed that question, here are the tips we suggest:
2) Be patient – many people react to the fact that maybe a child learning two languages will take longer to develop communication skills with everyone. It is not that the child’s development is delayed; it takes a little longer for them to process and grasp the languages. It will not delay your child’s development in the long term. It
is simply that your child is recognizing and producing sounds in more than one language system and that process takes time and practice