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March 25, 2009

Second Language?

Q. When is it appropriate to introduce a 2nd or 3rd language to my child?

A. It's never too early to introduce additional languages. It's best if they can be spoken by a native speaker. For example, if your nanny were Chinese and spoke Mandarin to your daughter, she would get the true pronunciation. The window of opportunity to speak with the authentic accent closes by age 9, before we start teaching a 2nd language in our schools. Some children experience speech delays if they are learning multiple languages, but it all gets sorted out soon enough....don't worry. This is an important ingredient of brain development, and most of us miss the opportunity.

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