It’s interesting when you do some research into the benefits of acquiring a second or third language. When a person is able to “think” in a new language they have the advantage of being more aware of certain features of the world. Some scientific examples in the past included that “Russian speakers are faster to distinguish shades of blue than English speakers; Japanese speakers tend to group objects by material rather than shape and Koreans focus on how tightly objects fit together”.
Current scientific examples now reflect that a second language can play an important unconscious role in framing perception, of which the authors conclude that. “By having another language, you have an alternative vision of the world,” Panos Athanasopoulos says. “You can listen to music from only one speaker, or you can listen in stereo … It’s the same with language.”
In a quote from Charlemagne "To have another language is to possess a second soul", and in Benjamin Lee Whorf who said "all observers are not led by the same physical evidence to the same picture of the universe, unless their linguistic backgrounds are similar". Becoming multilingual at an early age teaches children that there is more than one way of conveying something, and accordingly, more than one way to evaluate and solve a problem.
Vocational Language Learning Centre (VLLC) focuses on teaching language through picture -sound association so that when you are conversing you don’t “translate” from one language to another and you are able to “Think” in your new language from day one. It makes the experience of learning quicker than traditional models and also interesting as you are using different parts of your brain. Do you want to find out more about the VLLC learning model? Contact us today and have a chat with one of the course coordinators….