❝One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.❞
― Frank Smith
Benefits of a bilingual brain and speaking multiple languages:
-makes you smarter.
-makes your memory better
-increases cognitive intelligence
-protects you against brain disorders
-helps faster stroke recovery in patients
-boosts your brain power
-increases volume of the hippocampus (area involved in learning and memory retention)
-improves your decision-making skills
-helps you make more rational decisions
-enhances your brain function during ageing
-tunes listening abilities
Many scientific laboratories around the world are actively studying bilingualism and multilingualism and their impact on brain ageing.
Studies have shown that certain types of dementia appear up to five years later for people who speak a second language compared with monolinguals. They claim that bilingualism could protect the brain in later life and slow ageing.