In an increasingly diverse and competitive world, parents today want to provide their young children every possible advantage by laying down a strong academic foundation for their future success! One way parents can do this is by giving their children an opportunity to learn a second language at a young age – even as young as pre-school!
In addition, children who learn a second language have greater exposure to new cultures, have the ability to communicate with a great number of people, establish new friendships, become better global citizens, and increase their educational and professional opportunities as adults.
Why Study Chinese?
While Chinese may seem intimating to learn at first, it may not be a difficult as many think. Besides, there are other compelling reasons to consider teaching this rich, cultural language to children…
1. More People Speak Chinese than any other Language in the World
For tech-savvy kids, Chinese is the second most popular language on the Internet and the fastest growing language in the world. Source –
2. Chinese helps with Fine Motor Skills and Brain Development
Chinese is written differently than European languages. As children write Chinese characters, they practice their fine motor skills. Chinese writing requires a steady hand and a great deal of patience to create strokes. In addition, while most languages are linear – going from left to right or right to left, Chinese is written in all four directions, up, down, left, right stimulating the brain and cognitive functions in ways other languages don’t. Moreover, Chinese is one of the few languages that uses subtle intonations to distinguish the different meanings of words requiring Chinese speakers to use both the right and left temporal lobes whereas English speakers use only the left.
3. Chinese Helps with Math Skills
Children’s brains are put to great use as they practice their Chinese in surprising ways! Chinese even helps to build math aptitude. “Evidence in a New Zealand study indicated that there is a correlation between learning Chinese and developing math skills. “Math skills are embedded in character writing because it involves skills such as counting, grouping, ordering, and identifying similarities and differences
4. Chinese Helps Develop Musical Ability
Believe it not, there’s even a link between musical ability and speaking Chinese. Chinese is a tonal language. Chinese speakers use many high and low pitch patterns in their speech. Subtle variations in a pitch or tone can alter the meaning of words requiring keen listening skills. Gavin Bidelman at Baycrest’s RRI cites, “For those who speak tonal languages, we believe their brain’s auditory system is already enhanced to allow them to hear musical notes better and detect minute changes in pitch”. Source: Science Daily, Speaking a Tonal Language Such as Cantonese Primes the Brain for Musical Training,
5. Learning Chinese is Easier than you think… and fun too!
When it comes down to the mechanics of Chinese, learning this language may be simpler than one might imagine. There are no verbs, no plurals, no tenses, no subject-verb agreement, no genders, and no conjugations. Compared with English, Chinese grammar is much less complicated. Chinese sentences are usually much shorter and only spoken in active voice and Chinese speakers emphasize short clear expressions. Source https://www.china-admissions.com/blog/five-reasons-why-you-should-learn-the-chinese-language/
Like many other languages, learning Chinese can be fun and entertaining. Children can enjoy watching movies and listening to music in Mandarin or impress their friends by ordering their favorite Chinese meal in Cantonese. And these days, more and more people are learning and speaking Chinese such as Facebook CEO & Founder Mark Zuckerberg and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Even Prince William gave an interview in Mandarin recently! Source –
Spring Academy offers Chinese Immersion Programs for children 2 1/2 years old – 6 years old. Our dedicated Chinese instructors are carefully screened and all native Chinese speakers, many actually born in China!
“You don’t have to be Chinese to benefit. Unlock your child’s mind to a different language and cultural immersion. Sometimes I too start learning. I hear them practice their numbers and reading and they too become familiar to me. Spring Academy provides a very interactive and all-encompassing learning environment from toddlers to elementary school.” Jennifer – Spring Academy Parent, Warren Location
Studies have found that language immersion programs, where at least 50 percent of the time students spend learning a secondary language, work wonders in developing students’ language fluency. Spring Academy’s Chinese Immersion is built into its Montessori philosophy and students learn both language and Chinese culture.