Thursday, May 4, 2017

Benefits of learning a language

Learning to speak a second language can be challenging, for sure, but that’s because you’re training your brain to do something much more complex than memorising new words and their proper pronunciations. You’re expanding your thought capability, in more ways than one.

Now, here comes the interesting bit... your brain actually gets bigger. Why?

A 2014 study titled "Age of language learning shapes brain structure" found the cortical thickness which is generally associated with higher intelligence of the bilingual brain is only altered when language learning happens later in life, after developing proficiency in their first language. The later a second language is acquired, the greater the effect on brain structure increase, the study found.

Given I learnt my last language at age 30, I might need to consider taking up a new language... as they say: It's never too late to learn!

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