Bilingual Babies Learn Languages Faster than Monolingual Babies

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[Source:  Science Daily]


Some parents may worry whether teaching their babies two languages concurrently will overburden their babies’ minds, while some may wonder if babies get confused learning two very different languages from birth. These concerns are unfounded, according to the latest findings by psychologists from the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Led by Associate Professor Leher Singh from the Department of Psychology at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the study — which explored the learning of English and Mandarin — suggested that learning two languages from the start helps children master the rules of each language faster. In fact, learning English and Mandarin concurrently accelerate the learning of Mandarin.

“Our results dispel commonly held beliefs about bilinguals being slower in learning words,” said Assoc Prof Singh. “Parents need not worry that learning English will take away a child’s potential to learn Mandarin as learning both languages may strengthen their knowledge of Mandarin.”

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