Many people get a glazed-over look in their eyes and say, “Oh, Reeeeeaaallllyyyy???”
when they find out that our family studies Chinese. We do it for several reasons, most certainly the first and most important reason is that we WILL be in China one day, Lord willing, and we will need to speak some of the language.
Additionally, for our son, there are several long-lasting mental, social, and even professional benefits to learning a foreign language at a young age. Children who continuously study other languages have often been shown to think in a different, more complex manner than youths who only learn their native tongue. They also are often more open and willing to accept the customs of other cultures.
Studying a Foreign Language Enhances Learning Abilities!
Studying foreign languages has been shown to have a positive effect on mental development, particularly in young people, and an enhanced overall intellectual growth.
The Association of Departments of Foreign Languages indicates that “studying other languages at a young age can improve math and critical thinking skills, as well as strengthen the use and understanding of a child’s native tongue.”
Research even shows that students who continuously take foreign language courses score higher on standardized tests, like the SAT and ACT, with each additional year of study.
|We use our bread machine in the kitchen to write our
current words to commit to memory. I love that Mandarin also
requires that one studies the Chinese Characters
of the Language (see figures at left of bread machine white board)