Start language study early

Bilingual children will be far more receptive to learning additional languages later in life, according to a study published in the journal Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.

The study, conducted at Georgetown University Medical Center, compared a group of English-Mandarin bilinguals with English-only speaking students and found the former picked up a third language far more efficiently.

“There has been a lot of debate about the value of early bilingual language education,” says lead author Sarah Grey, an assistant professor at Fordham University. “Now, with this small study, we have novel brain-based data that points towards a distinct language-learning benefit for people who grow up bilingual.”