Recently, while browsing the internet I saw infographic about the benefits of being bilingual to children. As a bilingual myself, I can relate to some benefits mentioned on the infographic. However there are few new things I learned from the infographic about the bilingual benefit.
|This is the infographic of bilingual benefits. You can find the source at the end of this post.|
First, the bilingual baby develops faster 'object presence' compare to monolingual baby. After doing a little bit of researching, I found that this object presence concept relates to why peekaboo is exciting to babies. Object presence is the understanding that an object still exists even though it can't be observed physically (seen, smell, heard, touched, etc). This is why quick appearance and disappearance is amusing to them. It's an important stage for babies which usually appears after 4 months. Object presence also relates to the cognitive development in memory and the ability to think critically.
Second, bilingual plays role in developing executive function of brain. Executive function is closely tied to ability to multitask, making plan, keeping track of more than one thing at a time, linking the past experience to the current one, etc.
Lastly, it gives you many advantages in career and socially. You can interact with more people globally and it gives you higher salary at works to handle foreign customers, clients or business partners.
If you're not bilingual, it's never too late to start learning a language of your choice. It may be hard at the beginning. But once you master it, you'll be greatly benefited from it.