Translation Musings: bilingual brainiacs!

Nov 20, 2014 | Uncategorized

1254880_72709589It’s no secret that our brains need a good work-out, just like all the other muscles in our bodies, but a recent study is suggesting that a great way to tone your brain may be just to be bilingual! Easy peasy.

The study, published last week in the journal Brain and Language, suggests that people who are bilingual are constantly activating both languages in their heads, so the brain becomes much more efficient at choosing the right word and eliminating the irrelevant ones. Previous studies have also shown that bilingual children may find it easier to block out classroom noise and that being bilingual can even help keep Alzheimer’s and dementia at bay. There is of course lots of research and study on this subject and results can be conflicting but it certainly looks like learning another language can be good for your brain health, as well as your communication skills.

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