Benefits of Learning New Languages
Language & the Brain
Collective evidence from research studies that compare “monolinguals” to “bilinguals” show the benefits of knowing more than one language: brain flexibility improves, children’s awareness of other cultures increases, and they are better equipped to become world citizens. Creative problem-solving skills heighten, as the brain learns that thoughts can be expressed in multiple ways in various cultures.
There are 7168 languages spoken in the 195 countries in our world (via Ethnologue). Our team translated Clement Clarke Moore’s beloved Christmas poem into 15 languages and 4 Italian dialects, which seems silly by comparison! But it was a daunting task, as well as a true pleasure, to translate the original poem’s rhyme, rhythm & magic into languages that span the globe.
Benefits of Multilingualism
Multilingualism has a number of positive effects on the brain.
- Alzheimer’s disease can be delayed by an average of five years.
- Recover from stroke is faster.
- Communication abilities are enhanced, in general.
- Observation skills become more precise.
- Sensory processing improves.
- Focus improves.
- New skills are often learned faster.
- New languages are picked up more easily.
To find out more, check out Brainscape’s article on multilingualism.
Opinion | Why Bilinguals are Smarter
Being bilingual makes you smarter and can have a profound effect on your brain. (Via New York Times)
The Amazing Benefits of Being Bilingual
Most people in the world speak more than one language, suggesting the human brain evolved to work in multiple tongues. (via BBC)