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Language proficiency in the young child in a bilingual environment

Language proficiency in the young child in a bilingual environment



"What would a man be if he were not trained early and hardly educated? Erasmus
Man is born as the most disarmed being and without the favorable intervention of parents, especially in the early years, it would be much harder to develop and be able to adapt to the demands of the environment. The need for adult intervention is obvious; but the means used by them must be adequate.
Any means used in education should be related to the age, skills, health of the child. Education should not involve sacrificing the child's present life in favor of his adult life.
Closely related to life, the capacity for development, accommodation and adaptation of each person are the development of language, thinking, emotional-emotional development, will, etc. Equally important is the emotional-emotional security state that you provide to your child, the well-being, the mental health.
Ever since ancient times, special importance was given to communication - an individual following an ascension to the social hierarchy had to possess remarkable verbal qualities. And nowadays - communication is very important. As parents, we want to have beautiful, healthy and intelligent children; to know as much as possible, information from as many fields. Foreign languages ​​have a very large scope - and that is why we start a program of learning them as early as possible. But in this case it is also good to take into account the advice of the specialist.
What is the optimal age of learning a foreign language? How should we proceed?
It is indicated that until around the age of 3-4 years the child learns only one language - the mother tongue. You will surely wonder why - it is known that a child learns better and faster when he is young.
Up to this age it is considered that a child forms his / her correct voice emission skills in the mother tongue; verbomotor apparatus develops, brain systems involved in speech develop. It will be much easier for you, but also for the child to learn a foreign language when he or she already has a trained base - when he or she already knows how to express himself in a language.
In a bilingual environment, where the mother speaks one language, and the father in the other, the young child will feel disoriented, frustrated; it will be much harder for them to learn the names of objects, to use them in everyday life in two languages ​​at the same time (for both of them are foreign). "treated". And language disorders, even the simplest ones, produce partial or general changes in how the personality is structured, but also the behavior. So, what seems to be a play, something unimportant, may have repercussions later.
That is why, my advice is to take everything step by step, adapt the way and methods of learning, education, chronological age of your child, the particularities of its development, but also the skills it has.
When you're a kid, everything is learned through play - at first you find out that the shape you see on the window is called a tree, that it has leaves, and they are green. Later, you play with your mother and you learn to say "the tree is big", you learn to draw it, to color it; find out that it is in the "garden"; and one day you discover that that "object" can be called in another language "tree".
And everything is a game ... you will discover over the years how easy it was to learn, playing.
And your parents / grandmother / nanny had the wisdom and patience to educate you.
Corina Mincu,
psychologist
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