MM Party Nov 14 - Activity Sheets - 04

We’ve done a lot of reading on the subjects of early language learning, and the issues around Chinese language acquisition for young children.  Studies have shown that learning Chinese develops unique cognitive skills and enhances musical ability in children because of its tonal sounds, and that language-learning in general can help your child’s ability to learn across all subjects.

Want to check out some of the articles that we’ve flagged for our team?

Benefits of early bilingualism:

Benefits Of Bilingual Home Can Last Long After You’ve Forgotten The Language


Musical Benefits to Mandarin:

Learning Chinese makes you musical

Learn Chinese and you’ll be nine times more likely to achieve perfect pitch


Cognitive Benefits:

Two articles with overviews of the cognitive benefits of learning Chinese:

Scientists Claim Learning Chinese Makes You Smarter

Learning Chinese Pays Dividends: Of Characters and Cognition


Math Benefits:

Learning Chinese can make you better at math. The way Chinese characters are written (and taught) reinforces counting at an early age, and the complexity of the characters, as compared to English writing, actually aids in developing spatial memory, shape recognition, etc.  Also, the Chinese number system has a direct correlation to verbal, which does not exist in English beyond ten (the words for eleven, twelve, etc., have no direct correlation to the written numbers).

To read more on the science behind these findings click here.

More on how Chinese can help you in math skills and arithmetic, the brevity of the words speeds mental processing, and other points, here.


Learning Chinese Activates Other Parts of Your Brain:

MIT News: Learning Chinese activates parts of your brain not used by English

BBC: Chinese takes more brainpower


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