The Benefits of Multilingualism
In today’s ever more globalised world the knowledge of foreign languages has become increasingly important. Multilingualism not only simplifies communication and the ability to understand people of different cultures, but has numerous other proven benefits:
- multilingual children are more flexible and creative in their acquired vocabulary and can count on two or more words to express the same object or idea;
- multilingual children achieve better school performance, develop stronger logic and problem solving skills and higher self-esteem;
- they are more open to learning a third or fourth language and are better able to analyse their own as well as the foreign languages they are learning.
- communication comes more naturally and expressively, thus fostering wider social contact;
- multilingual children have a better understanding and therefore are more tolerant of foreign cultures, while at the same time maintaining a strong sense of their native culture and language.
- children who learn languages at an early age and continue this process into adulthood will have a sure competitive advantage when entering university and when embarking on a professional career. Multilingualism is a process which should begin in early childhood and continue at least into the child’s teenage years.