South Florida parents want their children to learn multiple languages, reports the Sun-Sentinel.
Nine-year-old Bianca Herlory can strike up a conversation in French, Portuguese, Spanish or English, and recently expressed an interest in learning Mandarin.
“It’s a gymnastic of the mind,” said her mom, Stephanie Herlory, who introduced her daughter to foreign languages at a young age. “Once they’re immersed, it comes very quickly.”
Parents think their bilingual or trilingual kids will be prepared to compete in a “flat” world.
Bilingual parents are not the only ones driving the trend. Parents who speak only English are getting in on it as well.
Years ago, when Japanese automakers were ascendant, a friend of mine helped start a language immersion school in Detroit. Black autoworkers lined up to sign up their children to learn Japanese.