Some parents today, choose not to teach their kids their native language maybe because they are scared that it will hinder the “Queen’s English proficiency” of their child or it will make the child sound local when relating with other children in public. But in contrast, they are doing more harm than good to such a child. If you are one of them, these are just some of the things you are preventing your child from achieving by refusing to teach him or her your mother tongue:
1.Communication with all family members
So, understanding your mother tongue is essential for your child, to build a bond with the extended family. Just imagine, if your child couldn’t communicate with her cousins in your home country while playing together. It just wouldn’t be much fun, to say the least. They may even find it frustrating in the future and feel angry at you for not making an effort to teach them your native language.
2.Builds the Foundation to Learn Other Languages
Knowing and being able to understand one’s mother tongue helps her relate to other languages very easily. It allows her to transfer her own understanding of the sentence structures and grammar to new languages effortlessly.
3.Understanding her cultural heritage
Your child will have a sense of belonging if she can speak her mother tongue. She will understand and be connected to her roots better if she learns the language of your home country.
In this globalizedsed world, we live in now, it’s so important to retain culture.
If your child is exposed to your mother tongue from a very tender age, she will have a great chance to get a good grasp of it, even if the majority language in your community is different.
Research shows that children can learn up to 3- 4 languages in their early years.
As the businesses go the local way, the importance of mother tongues has exponentially increased. Thus, in such a scenario, having a firm understanding of your mother tongue where you know how to read and write is immensely helpful if you are interested in becoming an entrepreneur.
The opportunities related to monetizing with the help of one’s mother tongues are vast in today’s market scenario.
You’re an expert in speaking your native language, and baby talk is a unique language in its own unique way. That’s why talking to your baby in your mother tongue will be more natural and easier. Your baby will have a solid language base.
Learning a mother tongue is vital for your child’s future. It creates a sense of belonging, and there is no doubt about the considerable benefits. Yes, English is also essential, and if not learned at home, your child will pick it up in her surroundings once she starts nursery, and meet with her peers.
What is your view about bilingualism? Do you teach your kids their mother tongue, do you go with the community language or do you teach them both?