Today, there are approximately 6,500 languages spoken in the world, many of which are spoken right here in the United States. While the study of a foreign language is not an easy feat; taking time, dedication and a lot of practice, it comes with an incredible amount of benefits. Mentally, socially, even helpful in potential career opportunities, the benefits are endless. Here are just a few:
Strengthens the Brain
Languages are complex learning to speak a foreign language leads to more activity in certain parts of the brain, like giving your brain a workout.
Learning a new language strengthens the part of the brain responsible for forming, storing and retrieving memories, otherwise known as the hippocampus. MRI brain scan studies have even demonstrated an increased size in the hippocampus of students studying a language.
Enhanced Academic Performance
The study of a foreign language is known to improve cognitive skills. Students of a foreign language tend to score higher on standardized tests.
People who are bilingual have trained their minds to switch back and forth between two languages, which is not an easy feat. The ability do this helps students to learn how to multitask with other things in life.
Languages serve as portals into cultures. Learning foreign languages help us to have a better understanding of people’s cultures and to develop an appreciation and respect for the customs of that particular race and culture.
The ability to speak more than one language gives you a competitive edge and a significantly better chance of employment over someone who is monolingual. An employer might like that you are bilingual for a number of reasons. For one, the potential employer will appreciate the cognitive and multitasking skills that develop when you learn a new language, as well as the fact that you are driven to learn new skills. Another valuable asset for the potential employer, a bilingual person can communicate with a much broader range of people.
Alzheimer’s & Dementia
Studies have shown that multilingual adults with Alzheimer’s or Dementia experience a delayed onset of the disease, as compared to monolingual adults, by approximately 4.5 years.
Improve Native Language
In studying a foreign language, you learn to focus your attention to particular grammatical rules and structures of the language. In turn, this helps you to form a greater understanding of the rules and structures of your native language as well.
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