When Children Speak More Than One Language
Learning Two Languages Can Happen at Any Age.
Babies all over the world learn to speak two languages with success. Learning a second language can happen at any age (from birth or later) and in different environments (at home, at daycare, at school, in the community).
Bilingual babies and children reach language milestones at the same age as children learning one language. But don’t expect that your child will immediately reach the same level of skills in both languages as a child who only has one language. Becoming bilingual takes time!
Studies show that the best time to learn two languages is before the age of 7. It is easier for children to learn two languages from birth. You can even start to expose children to two languages during pregnancy.
When parents speak two languages their unborn baby hears a variety of sounds that prepare their brain to learn two languages.