Did you know that learning a second language comes with a whole bunch of additional benefits? Other than knowing how to speak with people from another country, of course.
It Actually Makes You Smarter
Anytime you learn something new, it technically makes you smarter? But “smarts” is more than just the amount of knowledge you have. As a matter of fact, intelligence is actually more dependent on knowing what to do with the information you have retained and, most importantly, how to creatively solve problems. Fortunately for bilingual people, learning a second language actually improves pattern recognition and vocabulary, even in your native language.
It Helps You Multi-Task
People who can speak multiple Robotel languages are better at multi-tasking than people who only speak only one language. Studies show, in fact, that this is particularly true among children, who learn to switch gears quickly and effortlessly after learning to switch between different speech and writing structures. Research also shows that this heightened ability also translates to better driving skills.
It Helps You Remember
The organs in your body are kind of like multi-faceted muscles. They handle many different processes but have the ability to get stronger the more you use them. Thus, when you learn a second language, not only do you get the benefit of lowering dementia risk, but you also lower risk for memory loss, which can also sometimes accompany dementia.
It Makes You More Perceptive
Studies also show that bilingual adults tend to have a more advanced ability at rational decision making. Experts suggest that this might be due to the fact that every language has different nuances and subtleties, some of which are only attributed to body language, tone, and inflection.
It Makes Your Brain Healthy
While it might seem obvious, just because you have more intelligence, per se, it does not mean that you have a healthy brain. Learning a second language, though, ensures that you are better able to stave off the onset of conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. Essentially, the mean age of dementia onset for monolingual adults is about 71.4 while the mean age of dementia onset for multilingual adults is about 75.5.
It Improves Your First Language
Believe it or not, learning a second language actually helps to improve your ability and understanding of your first language. Essentially, it just gives you more practice with grammar, but even just a little of this can go a long way.