How Your Brain Benefits From Learning Multiple Languages

Learning a second language is great for travelling and getting a better paying job. It can also make your brain healthier and prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

This TED-Ed video clip explains the different type of multilingual speakers and how speaking multiple languages helps your brain stay healthy. Generally, the earlier a child can start learning a language, the better, but even adults who learn a second language can benefit from it.

Your brain can show more activity and a higher density of grey matter that contains your brains neurons and synapses. It's also possible that knowing and speaking a second language on a regular basis can help delay the onset of Alzheimer's and dementia.

Essentially, speaking a second language gives your brain a workout that can help make it healthier in the long run. Considering that learning a second language might also make you more money, there's no reason not to consider it.

The benefits of a bilingual brain - Mia Nacamulli [YouTube]


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    Have to say 1st hand it's one of the best things one can do learning a 2nd language.
    Not only did learning to speak Chinese help broaden my horizons when traveling. But it's helped opened doors that never would have been considered for my career and workplace.

      I'm learning Chinese at the moment! Where/how did you learn it?

        I learn't it at uni whilst doing a Bachelor of Business (Asia Pacific Studies). Was fairly intense, but I got the best use out of it when I made a few trips to Taiwan. Definitely the best way to learn is by immersion, being put in a place where I had to use it (and if you don't use it you do lose it, so it good to go over it every so often)

        I did supplement my learning by using other things like Dragon Speak for PC and a few books.

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