People who speak two or more languages are smarter, healthier and greater ‘multitaskers’ among other added benefits. Speaking more than one language is profoundly beneficial, for more than just travel. Psychological studies have shown that speaking two or more languages greatly changes the way your brain functions in comparison to those who only speak one language.
The best part is, you can achieve these same advantages even in adulthood by practicing and speaking a new language. So you’re probably thinking how or why?
Well let’s start with intelligence. The primary reason why multilingual individuals can be considered “smarter” is because speaking a foreign language improves the way your brain operates by constantly challenging you to switch between meanings, sounds, and thought thereby improving your skill in problem-solving.
Multilingualism also improves our memory and ability to multitask. Multilingual children especially are very well experienced in switching between speech, writing and structure between two languages, which, according to The Telegraph, makes them good mutitaskers.
However, this does not mean we are great at multitasking, since studies have also shown time and time again that we are pretty lousy at multitasking; even though we often feel we are multitasking prodigies sent from the heavens.
Multilingualism also improves memory since you’re strengthening the “muscles” in your brain when learning new vocabulary and memorizing rules for conjugation, grammar, pronunciation and the like.
That being said bilinguals are (keyword) said to be better at remembering names, lists and overall any sequences; I can tell you from personal experience that is not always the case.
Bilinguals are also more perceptive, as they have a better eye in noticing misleading information, as well as cutting through the clutter and junk that we see in our daily lives. By learning another language, our perception of the world expands or even changes, opening your eyes to a whole new world of possibilities. Sounds pretty exciting huh?
Like I mentioned before, the greatest part of it all is that we can all achieve all of these added benefits by taking a couple of minutes every day or every other day to learn a new language and expand the knowledge in our noggins. So…what are we waiting for, let’s get some Rosetta Stone!