Benefits of learning a foreign language

Need a little motivation to study? Here are some reasons why learning a language is beneficial.

Brains of bilingual have better executive function

What does this mean? The brain of bilinguals performs better on certain tasks that require planning and problem solving. This happens because the bilingual is forced to change languages constantly; this constant change requires the brain to pay greater attention to its surroundings, making it more efficient over time.

For more details: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22464592

Dementia?

Monolingual develop Alzheimer’s signs earlier than bilingual does. Being bilingual can delay up to 5 years the development of the disease. That is, learning a new language is more effective against Alzheimer’s that most of the available remedies.

For more details: http://www.neurology.org/content/75/19/1726

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Changes your view of the world

Bilinguals have a different view of the world, literally. In the study below, it was shown that bilinguals perceive colors differently depending on the language they speak.

For more details: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=7961273&fileId=S1366728909990046

Improves memory

One more benefit to the brain, children raised as bilingual have better memories than monolinguals.

For more details: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S002209651200166X

Improves job prospects

Research has shown that bilinguals in the same function as monolingual earn more. And the international expansion of companies makes people who speak more than one language more attractive to the job market.

Tourism and open-mindedness

In addition to facilitating communication in travel, speaking another language opens your mind to new things. Humans of course get uncomfortable when they are in a different environment and experience new things. However, people who speak more than one language are naturally more receptive to what is different.

In short: speaking more than one language improves your mental health, making your mind sharper. It improves the prospects for a good job and salary, and open your mind to the world! Do you need more reasons to learn a new language?

About Nathalia

Polyglot Nerd creator, love foreign cultures and learning languages. Speak: English, Portuguese and Spanish. Learning: French
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