Other than ordering a cerveza and patatas bravas, learning a new language has a wealth of health benefits. The brains of bilingual people work differently to those who speak one language, as you’ll find out. From increasing memory power to preventing disease, exploring a foreign language isn’t just likely to make you more interesting at a dinner party, but can help you stay on top cognitive form for years to come.
- You’ll become smarter: Learning a new language improves brain function and problem solving ability.
- Improves Multitasking Skills: As you switch between two different systems of speech, writing and structure, the brain learns to cope with an increased load, which means you’ll potentially be able to handle multiple demands easier, and even make fewer driving errors!
- Prevent Disease: Even though it’s far easier to learn a new language as a child, studying as an adult has its own benefits, as well as being able to hold a conversation in a foreign tongue. Learning a new language can help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia, irrelevant of your education or income levels, gender or physical health.
- Boost Memory Power: The brain is like a muscle – it gets better with exercise. The brain power used to learn a new language can help increase the ability to remember lists, names and facts.
- Improve Your Native Tongue: Learning a foreign language draws your focus to the mechanics of sentence structure and grammar, and can make you a more effective communicator and more effective writer. You’ll develop a better ability to listen as you’ll be more experienced at distinguishing meaning and intonation. Useful at that next dinner party!
Have you always wanted to learn a new language? Try downloading an app or practicing online for a few minutes each day and you’ll be amazed at how quickly the brain adapts!