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Feb 04, 2020

Learning a language may be one of your resolutions for the New Year, whether it be learning French, Italian, Spanish or Gaelic. Regardless of what language you want to master, there are numerous benefits that come from being bilingual.

Multitasking can become easier when you’ve learnt a second language. Switching between languages quite quickly can often make switching between tasks more successful, helping you to multitask more effectively.

Exercising your brain by learning another language can apparently boost its power according to a Swedish study. Researchers used brain scans to monitor what happens when someone learns a second language compared to others who didn’t learn a second language. The scientists found that specific parts of language learners’ brains became bigger than those of non-language learners.[1]

According to research, bilingualism has a positive effect on cognition later in life. Findings show that individuals who speak two or more languages, may slow down cognitive decline from aging.[2]

To help you master your chosen language, find classes or online courses to take. Language learning apps such as Duolingo and Rosetta Stone are also good options for easy bite sized lessons that will help you on your journey towards complete fluency.
[1] Johan Mårtensson, Johan Eriksson, Nils Christian Bodammer, Magnus Lindgren, Mikael Johansson, Lars Nyberg, Martin Lövdén. Growth of language-related brain areas after foreign language learning. NeuroImage, 2012; 63 (1): 240 DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.06.043
[2] Thomas H Bak, Jack J Nissan, Michael M Allerhand and Ian J Deary. Does Bilingualism Influence Cognitive Aging? Annals of Neurology, June 2, 2014 DOI: 10.1002/ana.24158

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