All parents wonder excitedly what their child’s first words will be — and then there are those who wonder in what language they’ll hear them. For some families, multilingualism helps keep cultural and ethnic heritage alive; others are drawn to the promise of personal and professional opportunities in the future. Either way, multilingualism has been proven to offer immediate cognitive advantages to kids and to help their brains work more efficiently.
In some schools, there are two teachers per classroom who each speak a different non-English language exclusively, providing kids with a truly multilingual environment. Around age 6 months, infants are capable of discriminating the sounds of all the languages of the world.