Probably you know what bilingual means or even have some friends who apart from their native language are able to speak one more fluently. Sometimes we become amazed by their ability to remember such big amounts of information or how quick they are in the uptake. They seem to know more, react quicker, and just seem smarter than others. Well, that’s true!
New York Times says:
“…But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age”.
The thing is in a bilingual’s brain both language systems are active even when he is using only one language. This gives the mind a workout that strengthens its cognitive muscles.
Bilingual people have better developed cognitive controlling system allowing to use skills which are necessary to use straight at the moment and block the skills and desires which are better to be avoided; in the bilingual brain both processes take place at the same time rather automatically and without much afford.
Thanks to this ability bilinguals in comparison with monolinguals possess a wide range of advantages:
- The ability to switch from one language into another without even paying attention to it;
- The ability to imagine visual and sound objects quickly and with great accuracy;
- A highly developed analytical mind;
- A highly developed visual and sound memory;
- A highly developed ear for music and the ability to copy sounds;
These advantages in their turn provide better results in highly important daily brain processes like planning, solving problems, the ability to remember the sequence of actions when driving and various other mentally demanding tasks.
And the good news is if you have an account on talkoclock you’ve got all the necessary prerequisites for become a bilingual person! And it’s possible at any age. Moreover studying foreign language or being bilingual helps your brain stay active much longer than any monolingual’s brain. All you need is practice and with the help of our service you will be able to communicate with the native speakers from all over the world for free and without any limits!