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3 Reasons Why a Second Language Gives Your Child a Head-start

Posted: Mon, Nov 16, 2020 1:59 PM

It’s true, your children are barely in a school uniform, and it seems like only yesterday that you
were waving them off at the gates, pretending you had something in your eye. Some of you are
thinking ahead to secondary school, and most of us are just trying to get through this
lockdown.
But seeing beyond this? That seems like a long way off, right? Wrong! You’ve forgotten one
important factor when looking into the future: childhood years travel at warp speed. It’s a
physics thing, apparently. One minute you’re saying, “did you eat all of your peas?” and the next
“did you pack everything?” as they fly the nest. Ouch.
The truth is, their future is in your hands, and it’s closer than you think. Fast forward just a few
years. While you'll be revelling in the lie-ins that teenage years bring and celebrating the fact
that you can leave the house without a babysitter on the clock, they'll be wrapped up in exams,
points, and career decisions.
And although the future is uncertain, there’s one thing that we know for sure: having a second
language gives your child a competitive edge. Fact.
Picture the scene: your child has their heart set on a University course that requires a certain
level of French. Will they make the grade? Or will they have to choose another path? Bonne
chance!
Now, think about a job advertisement that is perfect for your son or daughter. The only problem
is that he ticks every box but advanced Spanish. ¡Buena suerte!
Finally, your twenty-something child tells you that there's this amazing job opportunity in Berlin,
and it's everything he's dreamed of, but he needs to Deutsch sprechen. Also, he needs to
borrow some money, but there’s nothing new there.


Never a better time
Don’t let them stumble on a language barrier years from now. Let a second language open up a
world of opportunities for them. Now is good, because there has never been a better time to
learn a second language, with the economy in recovery. Languages are a highly sought-after
skill, and we don’t need a crystal ball to see that this will be the case for the next generation.

The benefits of a second language
Booking an award-winning Lingotot class is setting a course for global citizenship for your child.

Let's look at the top three reasons why having a second language is giving your child a head-
start in life.

1. Career opportunity
Having a second language is increasingly appealing in the job market. Whether it’s
Mandarin, French, Spanish, or German, imagine the competitive edge that a second
language creates. Au revoir, other candidates!

2. Travel
Before you know it, your child will be dragging a backpack to the other side of the world in
search of gap year adventures. Oh, and if you could just spot them a few quid until payday,
they'll pay you back. Now, imagine how much richer their experience will be as they trek
through Bolivia or sip a café au lait in Paris, speaking the language. Traveling with a second
language opens up a golden opportunity to engage with diverse cultures.


3. Academic
Research shows that bilingual kids are more creative than their monolinguistic counterparts,
have better concentration, problem-solving skills, and overall school performance. They are
also better looking. OK, we made that last one up, but we think you'll agree that the
intellectual and academic benefits of having a second language are undeniable.


The future is bright
We all want the best for our kids, and to give them the best start that we can. We want them to
have the career, academic, and travel opportunities that we had, and so much more.
It’s a big world out there. We can help your kids to pack a second language for the journey
ahead. Simply call us to find out more, or click the link to book classes.


And hey, the opportunities are not just for kids. If you’re a parent or a language professional
who would like to learn more about franchise opportunities with Lingotot, we are happy to
explain the benefits of joining us. We offer an exciting work-life balance adventure, and we can’t
wait to tell you more.