What parent doesn’t want their child to be considered among the best and brightest in their class? Learning another language has been scientifically proven to set children on a path toward success, and a new study has revealed which ones will be the most beneficial to children in the next 10 years.
In partnership with Heathrow Airport, The Centre for Economics and Business Research and Opinion studied the role that language plays in children’s lives. The researchers surveyed over 500 business leaders and examined which languages opened up the most doors for adults seeking career opportunities.
To that end, the top three languages that children should learn are French, German, or Mandarin. On top of expanding children’s interpersonal and academic skills, learning to speak another language also exposes them to different cultures and other points of view, Developmental Linguistics Professor Antonella Sorace tells Reader’s Digest.
Sorace, who’s also the director of bilingualism matters at Edinburg University, goes on to explain that people who speak more than one language “tend to be better … at multitasking and are more advanced readers.” Looks like we’ll be saying merci more often at mealtime.
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