Mandarin Chinese - great for children's brain development

Want to understand more about the relationship between Mandarin Chinese as a tonal language, musical ability and ability to learn a language?

The following 3 articles look at these relationships. They all illustrate how learning Chinese is good for children’s brains as they add an additional dimension to other non-tonal languages:

- Learning Mandarin creates plasticity in brain because it is tonal language

- Better musical pitch in those learning Mandarin

- Musicians learn languages more easily

Reflecting on these articles and your own practice:

- Does singing Chinese songs allow for sufficient tonal practice?

- Can other certain types of music be used to enhance the learning of tones?

 

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