Shanghai Daily: How Much Chinese Language is Enough?

“SPEAKING two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalised world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.”Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, Sunday Review, New York Times, March 17, 2011

You are excited for your children to have the opportunity to learn Chinese–but what are your expectations for your children’s level of fluency, and what learning environment is necessary to achieve that outcome?


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