Hindu Mommy

January 3, 2007

Multi-lingual upbringing benefits babies

Filed under: Kids,Parenting — hindumommy @ 10:58 pm

If an infant hears two languages, at home the baby responds to both, but each one goes into a different part of the brain.

And the studies show that the ability to switch from one brain section to another allows some babies actually to perform better at certain tasks — mental dexterity brought on by a bilingual world

What I personally found fascinating was

The baby brain is mapping two different sets of circuitry,” …”One is for the first language, one for the second language

Because of the cultural diversity found within India, most Indians know atleast two languages if not more. Now we know that making our kids multi-lingual not only keeps them in touch with their roots but also makes them more intelligent !

For more information and help on how to raise bi-lingual kids, please read my post on Raising Bilingual Children

Read more about the landmark research on the effect of language at For baby, the more languages, the better



  1. Knowing a language?

    Knowing a language should be the ability to Read, Write and Speak.
    Many children learn to speak, but cannot read or write. Is this also OK?

    Comment by swaralu — January 4, 2007 @ 12:52 am | Reply

  2. Swaralu:

    You are right – knowing a language involves 3 aspects, reading, writing and talking.
    But I would say even if you can speak a language that is better than not knowing it at all. Of course, the more you can do in multiple languages – the better !

    Comment by hindumommy — January 4, 2007 @ 8:15 am | Reply

  3. I am fluent in only one language and I wish this were otherwise. Those I know who have mastery of more than one language can understand at a deeper level what others are conveying than what I can appreciate when they stop speaking in their mother tongue and speak to me in English.

    Having another language in many ways means having access to another culture and new ways of thinking. It opens doors to finding what we have in common with people from different cultures. It opens the doors to inquiring and innovative minds. Isn’t that wonderful?

    I see the potential that is before a generation of young people who have mastered more one language as an improvement, a brighter future for the children and the world.

    Thank you for posting this. 🙂

    Comment by timethief — January 5, 2007 @ 2:02 am | Reply

  4. Some linguists feel that study of Sanskrit langauge will help learning other langauges easier!

    Comment by swaralu — January 5, 2007 @ 10:57 am | Reply

  5. @timethief – it is harder but never too late to learn new languages

    @Swaralu – Yes of course – Knowing Sanskrit will make learning most Indian languages easier just as knowing Latin will help with languages from Europe

    Comment by hindumommy — January 8, 2007 @ 10:59 pm | Reply

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