Happy International Mother Language Day 2024!

Happy International Mother Language Day 2024!

The first language we learn, our “Mother Language” (or “Mother Tongue”), is a special gift from those who cared for us when we were little. It could be our mom, dad, grandparents, or anyone who played a big part in our early years. This first language is special. It’s more than just words; it’s your first window to the world, filled with our family’s stories, culture, and traditions.

Today at Helen Doron English, we celebrate the wonderful world of first languages. The familiar voice that makes you feel at home no matter where you are.

Sometimes, when families move to a new country, there’s a concern that holding onto their original language might make learning English harder. But guess what? Keeping your mother tongue and learning a new one can actually do wonders! It’s like giving your brain a super workout. It’s not just about being able to speak two languages; it’s about how these languages enrich your life, keep you connected to your roots, and give you a broader view of the world.

Plus, speaking multiple languages doesn’t just benefit your communication skills; it enhances your cognitive abilities too. It’s been found that those who speak more than one language tend to be better at multitasking, have improved memory, and a deeper understanding of different cultures. For children, learning a language like English early on opens up a world of opportunities while they still cherish and celebrate their own cultural identity.

At Helen Doron English, we see Mother Language Day as a time to embrace the diversity of languages we have in our global community. English is a wonderful bridge that brings people together, allowing us to learn from each other and build friendships across cultures. Being multilingual is truly a gift – it lets you connect with more people, understand different perspectives, and participate in the global community, all while boosting your cognitive flexibility and enhancing your ability to switch between tasks effectively.

So, to all the families out there, especially those making a new home in a new country, we want to say: your mother tongue is a treasure. It’s a part of who you are. We encourage you to cherish it, use it, and share it. And as you learn English, know that you’re not just learning a language; you’re embracing a gateway to the world while holding onto the rich tapestry of your heritage. This journey enhances your brain’s functionality and life prospects.

Here’s to a day where we celebrate every language and every voice. Happy International Mother Language Day from us at Helen Doron English! Let’s keep learning, sharing, and growing together in this wonderfully diverse world.