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1, Sep 20, 2013

Being bilingual better than Monolingual

Filed under: Brain — admin @ 12:05 am

When I cleaned the house recently, I dug out many Time magazines. I read one article from July 29, 2013 issue, “The Power of the Bilingual Brain: Learning a second language can produce a nimble mind” by Jeffrey Kluger. Here are some quotes from the article.

“Research is increasingly showing that the brains of people who know two or more languages are different from those who know just one–and those differences are all for the better. Multi-lingual people, studies shows, are better at reasoning, at multitasking, at grasping and reconciling conflicting ideas.”

“They work faster and expend less energy doing so, and as they age, they retain their cognitive faculties longer, delaying the onset of dementia and even full-blown Alzheimer’s disease.”

“A bilingual brain is not necessarily a smarter brain, but it is proving to be a more flexible, more resourceful one.”

‘Monolingualism is the illiteracy of the 21th century.’

“That exceedingly early start on language only accelerate as it goes along. …the amount of time they spent looking before they got bored and looked away—that indicated their interest and recognition. From 4 to 6 months of age, babies from both monolingual English homes and bilingual French-English homes could tell the difference. But by 8 months, the monolinguals drop out of the race, and only the bilinguals could manage the task.”

For better result, read the article in its entirety.

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