Benefits of Being Bilingual

What are the benefits of being bilingual? The most current research only shows many benefits of speaking more than one language.Check out our top list below. 

Therefore, parents must not worry if they are raising a bilingual child. You should actually pat yourself on the back! For more bilingual tips click here: Raising a Bilingual Child.

Top Ten List of Benefits

1. Resume Booster

Due to technology and the internet, our world is shrinking. Many cultures are mixing and many languages are spoken within the same country. It is always an asset to know another language when you apply for a job. Employers tend to hire bilingual employees since they can translate, travel easier, work with international companies...the list goes on!

2. Cultural and Family Benefits

A bilingual child may have relatives who speak a language other than English. Without knowing a second language, he would not be able to talk, laugh, and learn from them. Also, there are many stories and songs that lose meaning in translation. A bilingual child has access to more culture which only makes life richer!

3. Helps To Fight Off Dementia

Research has shown that bilingual people may delay the onset or prevent Alzheimer's! Also, continually having to access two languages, decide which language is being spoken, and then access all the goodies of that language is a great exercise for the brain! Exercising the brain is a key component to keeping our minds sharp. 

4. Learning a 3rd Language Is Easier

Speaking a 3rd language has many bonuses. One being, that your child will be even better at the 9 other benefits listed here. Also, your child can now converse with people who speak one of thier 3 different languages! This has many cultural, trave,l and work benefits.

5. Improved Auditory Attention

A bilingual brain is better at hearing speech sounds and pitch. This can related to improved auditory attention. Auditory attention is important for listening and learning. 

6. Improved Executive Function

Executive function is the CEO of your brain. Bilingual brains have to constantly decide which language is being spoken and then access words, grammar, and pronunciation in that language. Studies have actually shown a difference in the structure of a bilingual brain. 

7. Better At Conflict Management

When a bilingual speaker talks or hears words, they have to inhibit one language and then use the other. This cognitive control has shown to help bilingual speakers be better at conflict management, even as young as toddlers!

8. Better At Multitasking

People who speak more than one language have to constantly assess incoming information and then inhibit which information is not relevant. Also, they may have to switch between both languages. This requires cognitive control.

9. Improved Flexible Thinking

Research has shown that people who speak more than one language are better at using information in new ways. 

10. Better at Categorization

Being able to categorize objects, words, and pictures is an important early language skill. It helps a child quickly learn and store new vocabulary. A child can relate new information with the old information which helps memory and learning too. 







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Benefits of Being Bilingual

References

  1. Viorica Marian and Shook Anthony. The Cognitive Benefits of Being Bilingual. Cerebrum  Sept.-Oct 2012. Published online October 2012
  2. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Asssociaiton, Retervied on June, 5 2013 from http://www.asha.org/about/news/tipsheets/bilingual.htm