The bilingual advantage

Children understand intuitively that language is something to explore, to play with and enjoy.

The speed with which they pick up their first language is miraculous and such a joy to watch as a parent.

Why do bilingual children have an advantage? 

Numerous studies have shown that learning a second language – such as Italian – in early childhood can enhance children’s overall mental development.

Bilingual children are reported to have a larger density of ‘grey matter’ in their brain.

Grey matter is responsible for memory, speech, sensory perception and the processing of information.

Learning a second language stimulates thought processes, reasoning skills, early reading and an increased self-esteem.  It also promotes awareness of other cultures and diversity.  Studies have shown that becoming bilingual increases the ability to solve complex problems which benefits a child’s academic pursuits.  Confidence soars!

What is the best age to start learning Italian? 

The earlier the better!

Learning Italian is often a challenge for pre-teens and adults but if a child is introduced to another language between birth and approximately five years of age they are more likely to learn the language with ease and understanding.

Studies have shown that children who learn Italian in early childhood are also more likely to have a more native-like pronunciation.

Learning a new language is a unique and rewarding experience.  The workshops at Minitalia Lab provide the first steps towards learning Italian.  They are also designed to encourage a broader passion for learning in general.

Modern life is hectic – its demands are frequent and often contradictory.  Learning Italian together provides a unifying activity. Starting this process early with your child or children provides your family with an activity and an experience it can return to and grow with over the years.


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