The Best Language for Math


mathThe performance of math in the United States is not where it should be in comparison to other languages such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish.  According, to Sue Shellenbarge ” use simpler number words and express math concepts more clearly than English, making it easier for small children to learn counting and arithmetic, research shows.”  One of the main problems with students is that they are often confusing English word names.  A result of this can be weak counting and arithmetic skills for younger children.

The English language  has more than two dozen unique number words.  This can be rather confusing for children to understand right away.  It is also not fair to compare math comprehension with different countries because the rules of language vary across the board.  A prime example of this is in Chinese there are 9 number names.  Parents can help their children recognize and name digits and help them with basic addition problems.  Helping children in the mentioned areas can increase performance in these related tasks.

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