What Are The Advantages Of Bilingualism?

1901 Words8 Pages
Introduction Learning a new language today is the key of several doors tomorrow. It involves an obvious amount of effort for anyone, either a child or an adult, but the younger the person, the easier it is – after all, does anyone remember learning to speak in his or her mother tongue? During childhood the brain is constantly creating new neurological connections, making the process of acquiring a new language effortless, but if we learn a language as a teenager or adult, the brain has to 'scramble' to find storage space somewhere else. So, in simple terms, learning languages as a child the brain absorbs them readily, after that it requires much harder work. This short period of time which occurs from birth until puberty (10 years) is called…show more content…
As an example, a recent study tasked monolinguals and bilinguals with categorizing basic objects by color. After the participants got used to grouping them as such, they were instructed to switch the task: instead of categorizing the objects by color (e.g., red, green), they had to categorize them by shape (e.g., square, triangle). The researchers found that the bilingual group performed better than the monolingual group when the task changed. That demonstrated bilinguals caught on more quickly when they suddenly had to categorize the objects by shape instead of color. This study clearly showed bilingualism increases the capacity to multitask. Bilinguals’ quick adaptation to different object-categorization tasks translates into being able to switch quickly between different real-life tasks such as writing an email or answering the phone. It seems to be the case that multitasking linguistically — that is, switching between languages — prepares your brain to multitask in other domains, as…show more content…
Some interesting studies have found that bilinguals outperformed monolinguals when faced with a series of language-related and even arithmetic tasks. However, this is not all. Other experiments compared bilinguals’ and monolinguals’ performance on several mathematics tasks designed to assess creativity, and indeed: bilinguals not only solve arithmetic problems more successfully, but also do so more creatively. The benefits are clear, and extend beyond the ability to do math: bilingualism expands the ability to solve problems by thinking creatively. When you speak multiple languages, you are less constricted by one single world-view — bilingualism opens the door to new ideas and ways of thinking, and teaches the brain to think outside the
Get Access