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The perks of being multilingual

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At some point in your life you’re going to meet someone who doesn’t speak your language, so it stands to reason that learning a second language, or more, is very useful. Likewise, as so many companies are international now, it is also a big plus when it comes to finding a job.

Knowing at least one other language will also improve you as person

According to an article by Anne Merritt on Telegraph.co.uk (click to read the full article), knowing more than one language will improve your cognitive processes.

Here are just a few of the benefits that you will get from being multilingual

  1. Improved brain functionality
    By learning a different language you challenge your brain to recognise and negotiate meaning as well as context. Students who know more than one language usually do better in tests for subjects such as maths, reading and vocabulary.
  2. Your multitasking abilities will increase
    When you have to switch between two languages instantly, you build up multitasking capabilities. This is because your brain will get used to switching between tasks without impairing the process of any of them. Tests have shown that multilingual subjects make fewer mistakes when handling more than one task at a time.
  3. Increased brain durability
    Studies have also shown that adults who speak several languages experience brain diseases – such as Alzheimer’s – later than monolingual adults. Tests consistently show that being multilingual can hold off dementia by an average of four years.

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