There’s lots of reasons to learn a second language. For me one of the most important is that it’s a great exercise for the brain. If you’ve ever seen the movie “Iris” then you know why. Some people love crosswords or Sudoku to keep their mind alert and active, where I tend to find them a bit tedious – especially when I can’t get the answers!
But did you know that studies have found that having a second language can protect you from Alzheimers? Scientists have known for a while that children and young adults with a second language perform better on tests that rely on the brain’s higher level functions. And now it seems that being bilingual helps protect your cognitive ability even when Alzheimers starts to noticeably affect brain function.
The great news is that it’s never too early OR too late to start learning a second language: babies in the womb exposed to two languages don’t confuse their languages from birth; and later in life being bilingual can still offer protection against brain decay even as the disease progresses. With the mental effort required to learn and keep two separate languages, the brain somehow finds a way to compensate for the damage.
When it comes to brain exercise, the more the better – every little bit counts!
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