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02/22/2011 at 12:00 PM ET

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mary on

I wish I spoke a second language. My kids do well so far, three know Spanish one knows some Latin, German and Spanish, I only know the basics like ‘hello’ ‘how are you’ ‘thank you’ your welcome in Spanish, Arabic, and Norwegian. Nothing that could actually get me anywhere. I think it’s too late though at 42 I probably will never speak fluently.

Jamie on

I definitely think children should learn at least two languages. My two young children speak English and Spanish fluently, and because they learned at such a young age it was very easy for them. Plus, the positive effects of bilingualism are noteworthy from having better “cognitive flexibility,” being better able to pick up third and fourth languages, and giving your brain a “better workout” such that it can decrease your chances for Alzheimer’s.

Manal from Jordan Middle East! on

where i come from (Jordan), Arabic and English are taught in nearly every school (in most private schools subjects are taught in both Arabic and English, but in most public schools everything is taught in Arabic except for one English lesson) and in some other schools French is also taught..so most children here know 2 language and i think its great!

JM on

i am multi-lingual and my kids are bilingual. honestly, i would recommend anyone to learn at least a second language. it has always been beneficial to me and i can see how it is benefiting my kids. they are all great talkers and love the fact that they can speak more than one language.

MiB on

Should children learn a second language? Why is this even a question? Off course they should! There are no negative sides to learning more languages to your mother tongue, it increases ‘cognitive flexibility’ (as Anonymous said), the world expands around you when you can talk to people in their own language, read news from other countries to find out their how they view a certain question, read books in the language they were written in, watch movies in original language, and with an ageing population, everything that could prevent or potpone Alzheimers should be encouraged!

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