I did a little research in college (don't remember sources and exact info) and the best time to start studying is before age 10, but the younger, the better. The reason is because we are born with the ability to speak any language (with exceptions--I do understand there are speech issues and other issues to consider) and our brains adjust those physical capabilities to the language being spoken all around us. We will slowly lose those abilities as we age. Some languages require the slurring of "r's" for example and the older you are, the less likely you are to be able to do that if you never had to at a young age.samandsawyersmom wrote:I am not close to doing this for my son but I think that my sister in law is also going to be comming over to MFW. When is the best time to start studying a foreign language? How long is average? I know in public highschool here I only took 2yrs but could have taken 4 if I wanted to so I am just wondering!
All studies show that it is much easier to pick up and become fluent in a second language in the preschool or early elementary years. Why public schools start is high school is beyond me.
I'm sure someone will come along that can explain this a little better.
Posted Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:49 am by BHelf
The best time to learn a foreign language: the earlier, the better.
The older you get, the more your brain loses the ability to easily pick up languages and the different sounds other languages make. Think of being able to roll your r's in Spanish or another language. You are born with the ability to make any and all sounds in any language. But it can be one of those "use it or lose it" kind of deals. If you don't use those sounds, your brain loses the ability to make those sounds.
Anyways, my vote on the language thing is Start Now! You will be amazed at how fast your newest little one will learn english. Starting your other ones in French will make it so much easier for them to learn it better/faster/easier.