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Beyond Googoo Gaga: Teaching Your Baby Another Language

There’s so much anticipation for your baby’s first word. You strain your ear on every vocalization, hoping for a recognizable “mama” or “dada.” Nevermind those sounds are just babbling, and don’t really correspond to words. It’s still super adorable. All too soon, those sounds really will be words, and before you know it, you’ll be wishing for the days when it was a little quieter around the house.

 

Your child’s newfound gift of speech presents you with an opportunity to provide him or her with a major advantage later in life. The best time to teach your child a second language is when it’s learning its first! Even if you’re not bilingual yourself, there are steps you can take to give your child a leg up on learning another language.

 

 

Less than 20% of Americans are multilingual, but as demographic trends change across the US, that number will start to rise. The ability to speak multiple languages can really pay off once your child stops crawling and starts filling out job applications. Research also suggests that learning another language increases a child’s cognitive ability, giving them another boost. Beyond those advantages, learning another language is fun! It allows children to dive deeper into new cultures and discover more about the world and themselves. What are you waiting for? Pojďme! Vamos! Allons-y!

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