Learning Mandarin for Children

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Learning Mandarin Boosts the Brain and Opens the Door of Opportunity For Your Child

Although many middle schools require students take a second language and the majority of high schools offer a second language as an elective, more schools today require that students learn a second language and at a younger age. This includes children in kindergarten and elementary school.

While many young adults today may have learned a second language while in middle school and/or high school, without frequent use of the language, it can easily be lost. When children learn a language at a younger age, they become more fluent in the language and can apply the language more easily. Also, children are drawn to learning and speaking new words, in which teaching them a new language is fairly easy.

But one question that rests in the minds of parents and schools alike is which language children should learn. In a world with an estimated 6500 spoken languages, schools and parents have a long list of languages to choose from. But, schools and parents usually favor languages that are commonly spoken such as French, Spanish and German. However, one commonly spoken language that some may overlook is Mandarin Chinese. Mandarin Chinese is actually one of the most universally spoken languages.

Despite the common notion that learning Chinese is hard, in comparison to other languages, Mandarin is an easy language to learn. Mandarin contains no plural words, no tenses, and no verb or subject agreement. Also, the numbering system is simple and applies to dates and times. While the writing system may seem challenging, like learning any language, it will take time and practice. By allowing your child to learn at a younger age, your child will learn how to correctly write. Also, the challenge of writing Mandarin in itself is another reason your child should learn the language.

Your child will not only learn another language, but their academic abilities in other school subjects can improve. Mandarin helps shape and boost a child’s mental mathematical skills and children who speak Mandarin generally have higher math scores.

Although your child may be young with college looming, Mandarin can give your child the upper hand when it comes to future opportunities. Mandarin means business, with companies flocking to the Chinese market. Your child’s degree and fluency in Mandarin will help them succeed.

When the time comes to decide which language your child should learn, give them the upper advantage by encouraging them to learn Mandarin Chinese; a language that’s beneficial in more ways than one.

Jillian Johnson is a professional content writer who writes blogs concentrating on an array of topics. Follow her @JillianLJ87.