Bilinguals are Smarter

If you ever needed more evidence that learning a second language is important, here it is: Speaking another language makes you smarter and protects you against dementia and Alzheimer’s. Here’s more: The collective evidence from a number of such studies suggests that the bilingual experience improves the brain’s so-called executive function — a command system…

Learn a Language, Increase Your Brain Power

Researchers have found preliminary evidence that growing up bilingual increases the brain’s capacity to deal with complex issues. Here’s an excerpt from the NPR story, followed by the audio: Ellen Bialystok, a psychologist from York University in Toronto, says the reason lies in the way the bilingual mind uses language. “We don’t really know very…

New Study Touts Academic Benefits of Bilingualism

The journal Education Week reports on several recent studies that shed new light on the connection between the brain and language acquisition. Basically, we are never to old another language and the benefits of bi- or even trilingualism by far outweigh the challenges: Science Grows on Acquiring New Language By Sarah D. Sparks Recent studies…