Peace and Intelligence Through Language

  •   The ability to speak several languages increases understanding between people, and it makes us brighter. The intellectual agility developed by the acquisition of more than one language enhances both hearts and minds.

      When we learn one another’s language, we deepen our human connection and capacity to consider the true intention of others. We come to realize and respect our alikeness and divergence.

      Languages are the roots of our humanity; they reach deeply into the brain, springing free our latent knowledge. The connections between neurons in a child’s mind spark and move, even positively affecting the ability to do math. Pacific Standard notes, “Learning multiple languages trains the basal ganglia to switch more efficiently between the rules and vocabulary of different languages, and these are skills it can then transfer to other domains such as arithmetic.”

      When music is involved, the magic increases. The children at Ecole Claire Fontaine love singing French songs in choir, aiding in language retention in non-French speaking households. Where another language is first in a family, children often learn a second through song. Ecole Claire Fontaine teacher, Pierrette Shamee notes of her students, “When they are singing in French, they are learning French… they are practicing and retaining what they have learned. This is learning a language.” Music and language unite for greater recall.

  •   Research shows us that all language acquisition increases intelligence. Our vocabularies in multiple languages are stronger if we learn languages from the earliest stages in life, however it is never too late to develop.

      The advantages for multilingual children reach beyond verbal cognitive abilities, and include problem solving that requires controlling the ability to pay attention to details. If a child learns to do math in one language, the concepts are readily available in another. Executive control is at the center of much of intelligent thought.

      Multilingual people the world over generally have more advantages, with increased access to resources and the communities of people with who they can relate. In Los Angeles alone, 225 languages are spoken, and multilingual programs in schools are on the rise.

      Communication begins long before language is acquired, and in he full bath that is the home environment words comes as a natural step in a young child’s relationship to their parents. We need to give children adequate opportunity to speak, to use this valuable human tool. There is enough space in the brain for two or more languages when we open the branches of possibility. By organizing the trunk of the human tree our intelligence increases, as does our understanding and ability to navigate our global community. The advantages for children are boundless when we invest in the power of language. END

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