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Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism
06-28-2013, 12:06 AM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.


1. You become smarter

Speaking a foreign language improves the functionality of your brain by challenging it to recognise, negotiate meaning, and communicate in different language systems. This skill boosts your ability to negotiate meaning in other problem-solving tasks as well.

Students who study foreign languages tend to score better on standardised tests than their monolingual peers, particularly in the categories of maths, reading, and vocabulary.

2. You build multitasking skills

3. You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia

4. Your memory improves

5. You become more perceptive

6. Your decision-making skills improve

7. You improve your English

Read the whole article with links to respective study at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/edu...alism.html

Never too late to learn something new. cheers.gif
06-28-2013, 03:59 AM #2
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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"A mouse saved her young from a ferocious cat by barking 'bow wow'. After the cat ran away, the mouse said to her offspring 'See, children, it pays to know a second language' "

-after Efstathiadis 93
06-28-2013, 04:05 AM #3
Cynicalabsurdance Member
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and because I speak Spanish ,,,

and have a decent grasp of porpoise

I am Popular at the French Embassy for coaxing
Sushi into an Arabs Mouth

Gills are where it's at for Multiple languages though

every breath you take is a sentence to someone .

06-28-2013, 12:06 PM #4
Sako316 Member
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Good info op. I have read this a lot. I'm actually attempting hungarian. Coming from english... It is not easy. My husbands family is Hungarian, and I like the no monsanto thing they have going. I'm considering eventually moving there to teach English at the rate its going in the us. Particularly because I hate gmo and chems.
06-28-2013, 01:11 PM #5
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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I have a decent grasp of Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and German. Also know a fair amount of Spanish.

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06-28-2013, 06:06 PM #6
Octo Mother Superior
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(06-28-2013, 12:06 PM)Sako316 Wrote:  Good info op. I have read this a lot. I'm actually attempting hungarian. Coming from english... It is not easy. My husbands family is Hungarian, and I like the no monsanto thing they have going. I'm considering eventually moving there to teach English at the rate its going in the us. Particularly because I hate gmo and chems.


Hungary is a beautiful country with wonderful people. I learned a little Hungarian when I was there, but that's a long time ago. beercheer.gif
06-28-2013, 06:17 PM #7
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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I took French conversational at college once, but once learned I had nobody to speak French with and to, so it's almost lost now. sad2.gif
06-28-2013, 06:29 PM #8
Octo Mother Superior
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I took German in grades 7 to 12. I only kept it up somewhat because my mom who also took German class in her youth used it in conversations, ok we had to make up some words and grammar, but you really need to speak it to keep it alive. I took a couple of courses this past year too and I was surprised to see how much I remembered. cheers.gif
06-28-2013, 06:37 PM #9
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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The other day I was trying to remember how to say different things in French and, yes, I was surprised to recall many words too, but not enough to have a fruitful conversation.

I recall the French instructur suggesting one watch children's programming in the language in which you want to keep up, well I tried that, for about 1 minute.

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06-28-2013, 09:55 PM #10
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(06-28-2013, 12:06 AM)Octo Wrote:  Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.


1. You become smarter

Speaking a foreign language improves the functionality of your brain by challenging it to recognise, negotiate meaning, and communicate in different language systems. This skill boosts your ability to negotiate meaning in other problem-solving tasks as well.

Students who study foreign languages tend to score better on standardised tests than their monolingual peers, particularly in the categories of maths, reading, and vocabulary.

2. You build multitasking skills

3. You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia

4. Your memory improves

5. You become more perceptive

6. Your decision-making skills improve

7. You improve your English

Read the whole article with links to respective study at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/edu...alism.html

Never too late to learn something new. cheers.gif


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06-28-2013, 10:02 PM #11
Octo Mother Superior
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Buenas tardes señor Pesadilla cheers.gif


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