AGES 0-6 IS THE IDEAL TIME TO EXPOSE CHILDREN TO A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Being bilingual has become more important than ever. And scientific research shows that learning a foreign language comes naturally for children when they start at an early age. That’s why Little Dumplings is designed to teach kids a second language at the time they can learn it best: from ages 0-6.
BILINGUALISM HAS MANY BENEFITS IN YOUNG CHILDREN
Research shows that bilinguals, especially those who have acquired their second language before the age of six, demonstrate superior reading and writing skills, as well as advanced analytical and social skills. Bilingualism has also been shown to improve vocabulary in a child’s native tongue.
AS CHILDREN GET OLDER, THE EARLY LEARNING WINDOW BEGINS TO CLOSE
As children become attuned to their native language, they gradually lose their innate ability to tell the subtle sounds of foreign languages apart. By five years of age, the most advantageous window of opportunity has begun to close. When people are introduced to new foreign sounds later in life, they can no longer hear the difference, making it much harder to imitate the correct sounds, especially with a tonal language like Mandarin Chinese.
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-Wall Street Journal