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A little bit about bilingualism

This article not only speaks of the benefits of being bilingual, but it describes some of the things that go on in the mind of a bilingual.

Educators once opposed raising bilingual children.  Experts now say it’s beneficial.

See Washington Post article here 

Among some of the benefits of learning another language that were mentioned include,

  • Better being able to put yourself in other peoples’ shoes, as bilinguals “can more easily block out what they already know and focus on the other viewpoint.”
  • Help in delaying symptoms, if not protect all together, from Alzheimer’s
  • More cognitive reserve
  • A more flexible and focused brain

The article also speaks about some of the tendencies of bilingual people.  As referenced in the article, there is strong evidence that bilingual people act differently, depending on which language they are speaking.  As a result, whenever they speak, write or listen, their brains are busy choosing the right word while blocking the same term from the other language.  This is because the bilingual brain has the two languages that are constantly competing to be used at the same time.

According to the article, this evidence about the impact of bilingualism is just the tip of the iceberg.  Enjoy the full article as I highly recommend it.

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