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Music and bilingualism in children


Music is closer to children than phonemes. Music training has many benefits to promote writing, reading and speaking skills of different languages.

When we think about Music we forget that music starts from a specific language, not the famous Universal Language, but the Musical Language.

Musical Language it is constructed in a similar way to spoken and written discourse. Music is made up of musical phrases, in which they have a clear intention as well as language. They have the character of a question, answer, long or short speech, pauses ... it is closely linked to the concept of oral and written language.

Music modifies the brain organization of those who listen or interpret it. These alterations directly affect the acquisition of certain cognitive abilities, such as the acquisition of more than one language.

In early childhood the maximum degree of understanding is reached to learn to distinguish between the large number of phonemes in their environment and musical sounds.

The ease of learning a language is one of the functions that auditory intelligence performs. The more auditory stimuli our little one has, the more prepared for the acquisition of one language or several they will be.

Here are some tips for using music with your child to stimulate language learning:

- Must stimulate hearing from a very early age, the sooner the better.

- The quality and variety of sound stimuli performed in the family environment is important. The voice of the mother or father is essential in this process. They should sing and talk to the baby with affectionate phrases and songs.

- Listen to any type of music together, sing and articulate the phonemes with them.

- Regularize auditory stimuli periodically. Babies and children need to internalize phrases and sounds through constant joint repetition and imitation.

The process of learning a language is not something that the child or baby learns alone, but rather is subject to the environment in which it develops. The proof is that a child identifies a song or melody before a verb phrase. Learn to sing before speaking.

¡Use music to develop speech more easily. SING, RECITE AND LEARN with your child!

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Video: Creating bilingual minds. Naja Ferjan Ramirez. TEDxLjubljana (January 2022).