Bilingualism Has On The Mind

1810 Words Nov 9th, 2016 8 Pages
From a young age I could remember my grandmother scolding my mother for not teaching me to speak Spanish fluently. I always questioned the importance of being bilingual, like how would this every help me in a world where English is becoming the native tongue. Before I stumbled across the research done on bilingualism I had very little to none background knowledge on bilingualism. I thought the only outcome of being bilingual or multilingual is you get to socialize with other people from other backgrounds and maybe have more opportunities to a more variety of jobs. Needs less to say I greatly underestimated the importance bilingualism has on the mind, in school and in life itself. After reading tremendous amount of research, I have a better insight, on how bilingualism can change one’s life and more importantly the change it has on the structure of the mind. I have discovered how the mind of someone who is bilingual works, also the impacts bilingualism has on the mind and most importantly how bilingualism can essentially pave a way to success in education and learning. It has been well documented that when someone who is bilingual, speaks, hears or sees a word, - the use of one language - the other language is “active at the same time” (Marian and Shook, Cerebrum, 2012). This is called co-activation; this is when bilinguals use one language, the other is also in use. For example, when a person starts to hear a word such as “can” it “will likely activate words like “candy”…
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