Did you know that talking multiple languages is good for you? Here are some insights on how it can benefit your brain!
Creative thinking and problem solving
Research has shown that the more languages you speak, the better you react to new situations. Having various systems to communicate and understand the world, you will be rich in other cultures and visions of the world, making you more open-minded and creative.
Emotional intelligence and regulation
An active brain is a happy brain! Maintaining different languages will play an important role in emotional regulation. Why? Because it engages both sides of the brain. This activity leads to better communication, empathy and problem solving skills. This reduces emotional bias and stress.
Brain gym to keep fit and healthy
What if I told you that practicing a foreign language is as good for your brain as swimming is for your body? Actively speaking several languages is like brain gymnastics, it keeps your thinking sharp and engaged.
Studies have shown that multilingualism can delay the risk of Alzeimer’s and dementia for up to 5 years and you could benefit from an increased flexibility of thinking of 10-20% compared to monolingual peers.
If you are not a fan of Sudoku, you might consider starting a new language to maintain your memory function, it’s never too late!
Habits are difficult to break once formed, right? It works the same for neuron pathways. The more you practice, the more comfortable you will get. Research in neuroscience and linguistics has shown that multilingual people have a higher density of gray matter, which means more active neurons. Basically a super strong brain!
Am I too old to learn ?
Absolutely not! Learning a new language as an adult is truly beneficial for your brain. Children learn languages easier than adults do. Why? Because of the ‘plasticity’ of their developing brain. As an adult, the important thing is to have fun in the process. When happy emotions are engaged, you will learn naturally without even knowing it. And good news: the more language you speak the faster you will learn!
‘The impact of bilingualism on brain reserve and metabolic connectivity in Alzheimer’s dementia’, Daniela Perani, Mohsen Farsad, Tommaso Ballarini, Francesca Lubian, Maura Malpetti, Alessandro Fracchetti, Giuseppe Magnani, Albert March, and Jubin Abutalebi,https://www.pnas.org/content/114/7/1690.short
‘The benefits of a bilingual brain’, Mia Nacamulli, TedED https://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-speaking-multiple-languages-benefits-the-brain-mia-nacamulli
‘Parler plusieurs langues, un atout pour le cerveau’, Les pouvoirs du corps humain, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQxZoIxov8g
‘How a second language can boost the brain‘,Ramin Skibba, https://www.knowablemagazine.org/article/mind/2018/how-second-language-can-boost-brain