Bilingualism means having an extra ally.
“The brain is more responsive”
A new study carried out by Northwestern University confirms that learning two or more languages makes it possible to juggle effortlessly between different stimuli and that it prevents the deterioration of cognitive faculties.
Bilingual individuals become like clever jugglers, able to move deftly between different stimuli and skim through all the relevant information without being distracted by any background distractions. Those who grow up in a bilingual environment are a step ahead and several studies have proved the benefits of learning two or more languages from a very young age.
According to another study by Northwestern University, a bilingual education makes it easier to learn other languages at a later age.
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The advantages of bilingualism
According to scientists, a bilingual education allows the brain to develop in a superior manner. Such an upbringing has proved to promote an increase in artistic abilities, to improve the capacity of interpreting the world, to perform better academically and to express oneself better, even in ones own mother tongue.
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Children and the advantages of bilingualism
The ability to concentrate is heightened as well as the ability to put oneself in another person`s shoes. Learning becomes `agile`. It`s a defence against cognitive impairment.
When it comes to languages and their related learning, it is normal to talk about the advantages of learning several languages from a very young age. There are certain obvious advantages if we think of languages like English or Chinese. But experts claim that there are benefits even if the languages learned are not exactly common or considered `useless`.
So, what type of advantages are we talking about?
According to Antonella Sorace ( Professor of Developmental Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh and Director of `Bilingualism Counts`) : ” A bilingual upbringing, or anyway learning a second language in childhood, gives way to learning how to put oneself `in another person`s shoes`, and therefore to see things from a different perspective. Bilingual children are obliged to `choose` a language according to whom they are speaking to. To this advantage follow many more actual cognitive ones. ”
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