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Having a 3 year old in Hong Kong, of course I’m getting a boat load of chatter about which school my daughter will attend and how many thousands we need to put down for school applications and so on.
I’m also seeing some of my daughter’s friends already learning Mandarin.
The belief is that learning Mandarin is going to provide an amazing advantage for their futures.
As you may know, at The Guest Room we can be a bit tough on China. That is if you believe calling out a country that puts contaminated materials into baby formulas and pumps up slabs of meat with sewer water to make more money, tough.
Personally I don’t feel comfortable setting my daughter up on a date with China.
Actually, I don’t see the rush to push any second language on her. Which I guess has a lot to do with her being an English speaker, such a widely used language.
However, for me, it really boils down to priorities and I rank learning a second language well below learning the first. I also place more emphasis on happiness and health over schooling and memorization at the age of 3.
I realize I’m probably the odd one out in thinking this way. Feel free to put me in my place in the comments section below!
What are your thoughts on the importance of learning a second language at birth or soon after?
Hope you’re having a great week!