What Matters for Language Learning Early On

There is no denying that learning to talk and communicate is one of the most important milestones during early childhood. Learning any language takes time, but for young children, many times it is all about being around that language as they start to pick up its nuances.

When you think about how small children start to pick up words and language, it is pretty remarkable that they can grasp all of these concepts auditorily at a young age. However, what is even more impressive is that these young children can learn a second language easier at this age as well.

This is why so many parents start teaching their children to be bilingual right away when they are babies. If you're interested in helping your child become bilingual, there are a few things you can do to help make this experience easier (and more fun) for your little one.

Enthusiasm

One of the many things that make it easy for young children to learn new things is their sheer enthusiasm. As most parents know, young children tend to be more enthusiastic about everything and they love discovering new things. This is one of the biggest reasons why little kids are more receptive to learning new languages from the get-go.

Meanwhile, for many years, foreign languages weren’t taught to kids until they were teenagers in high school—where they may not have the same enthusiasm for learning. While teenagers may have the pressure of learning a language for a grade, young children who start learning early on, can learn in a less pressured environment, just as they would learn their first language.

Parents will find that little ones are typically much more excited and enthusiastic about the prospect of learning new words.

Unconscious Learning

Unconscious learning is another major factor in what makes it easier for little kids to learn a new language. It is the reason that kids start picking up words that they tend to hear around the house, or why kids notoriously start repeating certain words they shouldn’t.

It’s like eventually learning the lyrics to a song that you hear on the radio over, without even trying. When young children are learning a new language, they tend to gather information unconsciously, which is why learning can be so easy for them.

If you want to help your child learn a second language, start speaking that language around the house, or play songs in that language, and they will start to subconsciously pick it up.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to start introducing songs and books that are in a second language. Parents read books to babies not only for the opportunity to engage and bond with their child, but to help them learn words and language—even if they are months away from being able to talk. In addition to reading children books and playing them songs in their primary language, parents can start introducing a secondary one as well.

Here at Binibi, we have early childhood music books that can help kids learn and discover a new language in a way that is fun for the whole family. These books are specifically designed to be fun and entertaining while supporting your child’s development through sounds, music and play.