“Cognitive advantages follow from becoming bilingual. These cognitive advantages can contribute to a child’s future academic success.” 

It’s just one of studies which say that learning a second language is good for children. This is in contrast with beliefs about “learning a second language causes language confusion.” In fact, becoming bilingual can have a positive effect on the children’s attention levels and support their overall development. This can also expose them to more than one set of culture and practices and better appreciate diversity. 

Is learning a second language beneficial for a child? 

Yes. Acquiring more vocabulary and learning the nuances of a single language is a great feat by itself. If children can learn a second language, they can even achieve a greater feat and will further expand  their brains’ capabilities at an early age. The benefits might be even more immense and clearer if they have started as early as possible (where their core brain architecture undergoes rapid development). 

With a second language, children will also be able to gain a higher variety of experiences. They will be able to understand and appreciate music, dance and films in multiple languages. They will also get to have more fun in cultural activities that showcase your native or home language. 

A second language (which can be your native one or the one you grew up with in another country) can also reinforce the bond with your child. Communication will have more variety and might even become deeper because it’s still the language you use on your own silent thinking. With this, you might be able to better communicate with your child and let him or her know what you think and feel. 

Learning a second language can also help shape and expand their thought processes. Indeed, language influences how we think and having a richer vocabulary can help us better process our emotions and express ourselves. Also, you might have even heard how languages can increase our tendency to be more romantic, courteous or present- and future-oriented. 

Helping improve their thinking and communication skills 

In summary, learning a second language can further help with their thinking and communication. They will have more tools to use so that they can express themselves. Also, this will help expand their comfort zone and allow them to gain a more diverse learning experience.