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"First Let's Strengthen the First Language, the Second Will Come Later" (Myth)

 

  • This is a myth. Some people claim that it is better to wait for a child to learn the basics of a language well, before making the child learn another language. This way, we think that the child will be able to "transfer" the knowledge learned to the new language. In reality, even though the child could be learning a second language well at an early age, by not exposing the child to that language we could be depriving the child of several years of optimal learning.
  • For more information on the optimal age for learning a second language, see The Optimal Age for Learning a Second Language and Should One Expose a Child to Two Languages From Birth?