Should I introduce my baby to another language?
1. I don't know any Spanish/ French! Does that matter?
Not at all! The classes are designed for complete beginners but there is plenty to keep fluent speakers interested too.
2. We already speak two languages at home (Portuguese and English). Won't another language just confuse my 10 month-old?
Studies show that babies exposed to three, four or even five languages reap even more benefits than those who are exposed to just two. In fact, studies show that children who are fluent in two languages have strengths in “metalinguistic skills” (the ability to think about language), as well as in their general cognitive skills.
3. I found languages really difficult at school. Is there any hope for me starting again now with my toddler?
Most of us started learning a second language at the age of 11, which is way past the 'window of opportunity' of 0-6 years that experts now recommend. This goes some way to explain why, for many of us, language-learning seemed so difficult. This, coupled with the anxieties of starting a new school and having to speak up in front of new teachers and classmates often made the experience even more daunting! With BilinguaSing baby and toddler classes the focus is on is your child as we learn the rhymes together, but we teach how to pronounce things properly which will build your confidence in the language in general. It is amazing how quickly we learn languages through music - most parents say they are singing the rhymes at home and in the car after just 3 or 4 sessions!