Hello ladies and gents,
I hope you’re having a lovely Friday, weather seems to be a little shitty but it’s meant to be jumping back up to the 20’s this weekend. You may or may not know that I’m half Brazilian (I guess now you do), and can speak a little Portuguese. I’ve been spending a lot of time on duo-lingo (Language learning app) recently brushing up on my language skills, both in preparation for Brazil and my summer job.
I’ve heard a few times before that bilinguals supposedly think in different ways to monolinguals. On a handful of occasions I’ve even heard that our brains are wired differently too. This got me thinking about whether or not this was true, so I did a good old fashioned google search.
There’s been quite a few studies that suggest learning a second language can fortify the areas of your brain associated with language processing. This does result in seemingly positive changes in the brain structure, making you better at linguistic stuff. However, there seems to be some debate about whether or not knowing a second language affects your non-linguistic cognitive abilities. Personally I think it does, but I’d say it’s more of a change in personality due to the culture of the country that you learn in. I’m also biased because I want to feel special.
One thing I can certainly conclude is that learning a second language is nothing but positives. You’ll be able to speak to more people, you’ll be more employable, you can consume media from different cultures, all that jazz. The only downside I guess is the time you’ve gotta spend learning.