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Learn with TIMIO: 5 benefits of a multilingual upbringing

Do you already know TIMIO, the educational audio player? Lullabies, stories, games … This sustainable toy offers endless possibilities for children between the ages of 2 and 8. But did you know that this fun audio player speaks other languages besides English? All discs are available in 8 languages, making it perfect for a child’s first contact with a foreign language! Also, multilingualism has many benefits for a child’s development. We gathered five of them! 

1. Improved communicative development

Multilingualism improves children’s communicative development. They acquire technical reading skills faster, have a richer vocabulary and develop strong listening skills. Your children will benefit from this their entire lives! They will also have a better understanding of their primary language. We mostly use our first language in a spontaneous way, with little attention to grammatical rules. By comparing two languages, kids can use what they learn in one language to reinforce concepts from the other.

2. Increased ability to concentrate 

Mastering a second language also has a major impact on your little ones’ ability to concentrate. As they are accustomed to switching between different languages, the brain’s attention system is strengthened and they can focus more easily for longer periods of time.

3. creative and critical thinking 

Multilingual kids are constantly facing mental challenges as they navigate through more than one language system in order to communicate. This mental exercise greatly enhances the command center of the brain, allowing the child to approach problems more critically. This also makes them think and act more creatively

4. cultural curiosity

Another benefit is that multilingual children learn to see the world through different lenses. They automatically adopt a positive attitude towards the culture that is connected to the language. Learning a foreign language introduces them to the world in a way they might not experience otherwise.

5. Greater sensitivity to language

Although learning a new language is possible at any age, it is best done during a child’s first years. Research has shown that young children pick up a second language more easily than adults — even if they are focused on their primary language. Kids who learn a foreign language during the most critical years of their brain development appear to be more sensitive to languages when they are older. Therefore, they also learn a third, fourth or fifth language more quickly.

As a parent, don’t be afraid that learning a second language will confuse your child or distract them from their mother tongue. Between the ages of 0 and 3, children are capable of learning a second language because their brain is at its most flexible stage. So learning an additional language is just as easy for your little one as learning how to walk! 

Feel like going on a linguistic adventure with your little one now? Go for educational toys! The TIMIO-player  contains 8 languages to choose from (English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Mandarin), making it a great tool to learn a second language at a young age. Vocabulary exercises, bedtime stories, interactive games … You can easily switch between the different languages on the magnetic discs. Viel Spaß!

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