Bilinguals: Healthier, More Worldly, and In Demand
According to a wide variety of research, here are five important reasons for learning a second language, and encouraging children to do so:
Being bilingual can actually make you smarter; tests show people who learn a second language at a younger age actually have denser grey matter in locations in their brains, and have better analytic skills. In older people, language learning can delay dementia.
Bilingual children are able to focus and concentrate better in school; older bilinguals can also focus better on tasks.
Compared with people who know only one language, bilinguals are more curious about other cultures, are more worldly, and better able to understand their own cultures.
People who know a second language are more in demand in the workforce, giving them more options.
Bilinguals are more accepting of other people, exhibit less prejudice and are more successful at dealing with people of other cultures.