Why learning a second language gives you a flexible mentality

During the years, the ability of learning a second language has been constantly questioned. But recent discovers confirm that bilingual people have advantages over those who only speak one language.

When a kid is in the process of learning a second language, like Spanish, the brain starts to adapt to receive information in two languages. This ability has good consequences on academic and social aspects.

The study called “The development of two types of inhibitory control in monolingual and bilingual children” suggests that bilingual people can handle different situations at the same time. In academic instances, a kid can pay attention to the teacher while copying what he is writing notes. When it comes to social moments, bilingual’s brain can receive information from a friend while the person is doing something else, like using the scissors.

These ordinary but not-that-simple activities can result easier for bilingual people. The advantage comes when the brain of bilingual kids is used to receive and produce information in both languages. So they are used to think in two things at the same time, in comparison with their monolingual partners. Otherwise, how many times have you entered into a room and completely forget what were you going to do there? That’s probably because the brain was more concentrated into get into the room than the activity you were going to do.

Learning a second language gives you a flexible mentality that can be useful either on your daily life or in academic aspects.


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