Do bilingual children learn at a slower pace than their monolingual peers?
Studies have shown that bilingual children have even better cognitive brain function than their monolingual peers. Studies also show that children who speak multiple languages showed exceptional abilities with multitasking and problem solving on a whole compared to their monolingual peers.
Is it harder for an adult to learn a second language?
It is a long standing myth that it is hard for an adult to learn a second or even a third language. This myth that somehow when one becomes an adult he or she is just incapable of grasping a new language cannot be farther from the truth. What is true is that children learn languages more organically because they learn a foreign language while their mastery of their native language develops. Adults on the other hand already have a fully developed language skill and will have to learn a language systematically rather than organically like that of a child.
Am I too old at 70 years to learn a second language?
Studies are showing that due to the brain activity of those that spoke or were learning a second language that there correlation with the higher the levels of fluency in a second language the longer Alzheimers’s disease was in some cases significantly delayed.
As a monolingual parent how can I support the language at home?
The majority of the world is bilingual yet according to statistics only 17 percent of Americans speak a second language. Supporting language education is such and investment as you will be giving your children he edge. Enroll your child in a program and that will grow his or her language skills in that target language and practice! Look for opportunities all around you to give them opportunities to use their language. If your local does not lend itself to that use the worldwide web as it prevents us from being limited by geography.