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MenteLista: Empowering small children to learn English with 10 minutes daily practice

Spain · Jan 10, 2019· By Amalia González

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Designed for infants and children, ranging in age from just 6 months to 7 years old, this platform could revolutionize language study during the critical learning period

English has been the most commonly used language in the business and technology sectors globally for decades, and non-English-speaking countries have made teaching the language to children a top priority at school. Numerous studies, including most recently one by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, cite the critical importance of learning languages in early childhood to become bilingual. In many countries such as Spain, however, children have little real immersion in the language even though they start may learning English at an earlier age. 

With English ever more essential for a career and an estimated 1.5 billion students worldwide at present, MenteLista's English language learning application is set to disrupt the early childhood education sector. CompassList spoke to the company’s CEO and Founder María Eugenia García at the 2018 South Summit in Madrid about her award-winning product aimed at young users.

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

Q. What inspired you to create MenteLista?

A. I was lucky enough to collaborate with an education company and see how children learned a second language in a very simple way in Hong Kong. It was as if everything I had been learning until then – my computer sciences career, my time spent living in the United States and my master's degree in business management – were at the service of children learning in an easier way.

I am passionate about neuroscience, which I have been studying for a long time, and I am a computer science professional. In addition, I have spent more than eight years learning and researching the brain's learning processes, and I discovered that there is an overwhelming consensus among neuroscientists about the most appropriate time to learn a second language: before seven years of age.

Edited by Celine Lim

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