The Many Benefits of Being Bilingual

Maggie Green, Staff Writer

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Did you know that being bilingual puts you at less risk for strokes?  In case you didn’t know what being bilingual is, it’s basically being fluent in more than 1 language.  There are tons of benefits of being bilingual here’s a few.

 

  • Cognitive Benefits

 

Studies have shown that being bilingual will have many cognitive benefits. For example, it strengthens your multitasking skills. This is because you are constantly switching from one language to another.

 

  • Denser Gray Matter

 

According to a study in the journal Cerebral Cortex, people who are bilingual have more gray matter in the executive control region of the brain. Gray matter is responsible for processing information, dictating attention spans, and storing memories.  This is believed to come about because of bilinguals’ long-term use and management of two separate languages.

 

  • Salary Difference

 

There is a significant difference in pay between monolinguals and bilinguals. This is because being bilingual means you have the ability to talk to people from all over the world when others can only talk to those who speak the same language as them, that’s why being bilingual is very helpful in social jobs, like tourism.  Sometimes bilinguals get paid almost double the amount monolinguals get paid.

 

  • New Social and Cultural Opportunities

 

Speaking another language lets you interact with lots of different people and understand the nuances of different cultures. This means you’ll have chances to make new friends, travel, and understand your favorite foreign music, movies, and books.

 

  • Standardized Test Improvements

 

There is mounting evidence that bilingual people are better at analysing their surroundings and problem solving. They also have a larger working memory, even for tasks that do not involve language.

Language management calls upon important functions such as attention control and working memory.  

 

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The Many Benefits of Being Bilingual