What is the best age to learn Spanish or any language?
The best age to learn Spanish or any other language is under 10 years old. Although it is easier to learn Spanish for kids, it is possible to learn languages at any age and I encourage all to continue to learn.
However, studies show that it is much easier to learn as a young child. I could quote lots of studies but if you just think about it, it makes sense that if you just learned English (or your native tongue) your mind is more open to new sounds and ways of communication. If you know any families who have immigrated from other countries, notice that the kids pick up English much faster than the adults and with better if not perfect accents. The same principle applies to learn Spanish for Kids. As I like to say, for young children languages are not foreign.
When should you start – what is absolutely the best age to learn Spanish for kids –or other languages? I started teaching my daughter French at age 3 and was so successful that I started her brother at age 18 months and then when he went to school he added Spanish at age five.
Anytime is the right time to learn Spanish for Kids but the earlier the better!
As each year goes by, children become more entrenched in English and more resistant to other languages. I have seen this happen with my own kids. At age two, my son did not care whether he was spoken to in English or in French. However, by age four, he had become so proficient in English that he preferred English.
Do children get confused? For typical learners, although there may be the occasional mix up, for the most part children are able to keep languages separate. It is very important to have certain associations with particular languages, in order to keep from confusing them. For example, with Grandma I speak Spanish but with mom I speak English. Or I chat and think in Spanish during Spanish story time and in English the rest of the time. This is particularly useful for multi-language households and bilingual children.
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