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Bilingual children are likely to have different beliefs about the world around them than their monolingual counterparts, a new study suggests.
The study by Concordia University indicates that bilingual kids are more likely to believe that psychological attributes are not innate but are shaped by the environment.
Bilingual and monolingual pupils at a Cambridge primary school were asked to "identify the bad animal' in a series of recorded statements. When another voice interrupted the statements, the bilingual children coped best, the study found. This shows "the importance of learning a second language early", said co-author Dr Roberto Filippi.
"Personally, I love the sounds and musicality of all languages. I was raised in a bi-lingual household. I spoke English outside the home when I was with people who did not speak Italian. This was particularly at school and at activities that had some connection to school – e.g. cub scouts, athletics, music etc. But at home it was Italian all the way."
One of the most consistent things I was warned about many years ago when my husband and I decided to both speak German with our swaddled babe in arms was language delay. Everyone told me not to worry if my son didn’t start speaking until later, as bilingual children are known to start speaking later and to be a bit linguistically confused at first. Many told me to just expect it, as if it went hand in hand: “Bilingual children start speaking later, you know.”