Did you know learning a foreign language can increase the size of your brain?
Swedish scientists have discovered this fact when they used brain scans to monitor what happens when individuals learn a new language.
Research suggests that there are approximately 6,500 spoken languages in the world with only 2,000 of those languages having fewer than 1,000 speakers. Additionally, studies suggest that a mere 5% of the world population speak English, while 95% speak other languages.
It has been proven that individuals who speak more than one language fluently have better memories and are more innovative and mentally flexible than monolinguals. Canadian studies suggest that Alzheimer’s disease and the onset of dementia are diagnosed later for bilinguals than for monolinguals, implying that knowing a second language can help individuals to stay healthy.
Edinburgh University researchers state that “millions of people across the world acquire their second language later in life: in school, university, or work, or through migration or marriage.” Their results, with 853 participants, clearly highlight that learning another language is beneficial, regardless of when you acquire it.
In today’s interconnected world, multilingualism is more than just a fad and has evolved to become extremely advantageous in facilitating social and business collaborations. Whether learning for the first time or growing your proficiency in a second, learning a foreign language can enhance travel experience, progress employability and even expand your knowledge and appreciation of the world.