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Early Year Language Learning - Mandarin
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Mandarin Tide on the Globe
Mandarin Tide on the
Mandarin is the most spoken language in the world, and currently the second most
prevalent language of business, after English. The language’s unique complexity
stimulates the brain more than, and differently from, other languages, thus improving
the child’s ability to learn other subjects as well, including English and mathematics.
Mandarin will also provide our children with significant advantages, both from a
global citizenship and economic perspective.
More U.S. children adding Chinese to their ABCs
Broadway Elementary parent Karla Godoy, 41, speaks to her son, Paco, in English,
her husband talks to him in Spanish and he learns Mandarin at school. ...
April 21, 2011, Reuters
Great Toddle Forward-New York Babies learn Mandarin
To make their babies competitive in the global economy, New York parents are making
them learn Chinese.
April 4, 2005 ,New York Magazine
Learning a second language has many proven benefits. Bilinguals have significant
cognitive advantages as demonstrated in scores on tests of reasoning and visual-spatial
skills. It also strengthens the knowledge and skills of the first language.
Bilingualism is Great for the Brain
People who speak two languages have a “distinct advantage,” says Suzanne Flynn,
a professor of linguistics and second language acquisition at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. From an early age, bilingual people are “better able to
abstract information…they learn early that names of objects are arbitrary, so they
deal with a level of abstraction very early.” Read more…
By Judy Forman
The brain: How children learn language
From the moment the first breath bathes it with oxygen to the time when adolescent
hormones begin to bombard it, a child’s brain is a growing, transforming, miraculous
learning machine. And the most amazing, the most human of these actions, Petitto
argues, are the physiological processes of language acquisition. “It’s the most
powerful way we, as humans, can travel the universe without leaving our seats.”
July 16, 2010
By Joseph Hall, Toronto Star