The Benefits Of Learning A Foreign Language

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In the world today, there are a possibly eight thousand spoken languages. Among the approximately seven and a half billion people living on earth right now, it is estimated that fifty six percent of them speak more than just their native language according to PhD Viorica Marian (Marian, 2012). In shocking contrast, only a meager fifteen to twenty percent of the American population speak more languages than just their native language. In a world where it is becoming increasingly popular for people to learn a secondary language, almost half of the world’s population only knows their native language. When most people think of learning a second language, they think mainly of the time, patience, hard work, and possibly money that they will have…show more content…
People who learn two or more languages also have an easier time interpreting language they have never heard before, as well as distinguishing between the other languages. Furthermore, people who are bilingual have better control over their attention and are less prone to get distracted, as well as being better multitaskers because they constantly have to switch between the two languages, which trains the brain to be better at multitasking, which is actually just the brain rapidly switching between tasks. Finally, as mentioned before, learning the structure and rules of a foreign language can help the learner better understand the concepts behind their own native language. (Dean, 2013) Because learning a new language can greatly improve the functions of the brain, bilingualism has also been proven to have a positive effect on the grades of students across the world. A study by the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) showed that students who studied a foreign language did much better academically than others who had not taken a foreign language. The study was taken on the ACT test scores of almost eighteen thousand students applying to college from the years nineteen eighty-one to nineteen eighty-five. The results found that high school students who had studied a foreign language consistently scored higher on the english and math portions of the test than those that had not studied a foreign language (Olsen, 1992). With the addition
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