It is not only about finding some good reasons (or many reasons) for learning a foreign language; it is all about the benefits. As Anne Merritt, a Canadian teacher, writer, and editor who has spent over eight years living, teaching, and travelling in Europe and Asia, writes in The Telegraph: “Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.
Below are seven cognitive advantages to learning a foreign language. Many of these attributes are only apparent in people who speak multiple languages regularly – if you haven’t spoken a foreign tongue since your A levels, your brain might not be reaping these bilingual benefits. However, people who begin language study in their adult lives can still achieve the same levels of fluency as a young learner, and still reap the same mental benefits, too”.
Here is a list of the seven cognitive advantages to learning a foreign language:
1) you become smarter
2) you build multitasking skills
3) you stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia
4) your memory improves
5) you become more perceptive
6) your decision-making skills improve
7) you improve your English.
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