Monthly Archives: January 2012

Bilingual benefit

Is there a benefit to bilingualism? I would say yes, of course, wishing I could call myself at least bilingual. But the question refers to cognitive abilities. Apparently the common opinion used to be ‘no’. But today science is taking a serious look at the question.

First, here is an article about a study that showed a cognitive advantage for bilingual toddlers: And why not? Codeswitching is mental exercise…

This next study was fascinating, suggesting that bilingualism could delay dementia in old age.

This third one is not so much related to cognitive abilities, and it’s the first negative one. This study found bilingual children more likely to stutter.

Looks like bilingualism is today seen as a benefit to your brain. Like chess. Excuse me, I need to go get talking…