by Jonathan Muñoz
We all know the direct benefits of knowing more than one language: better job prospects, being able to speak with locals when traveling, watching Narcos on Netflix and not needing subtitles.
But what does it actually do to your brain because, as it turns out, your brain may look and work differently, as the TED video below explains. As many Latino millennials grow up further disconnected from their parent’s or grandparent’s native language, most are losing their chance to be bilingual, but I’m here to tell you DON’T!
The “heightened workout” that a bilingual brain receives throughout it’s life can be beneficial because it can offset many neurological diseases like Alzheimers and dementia by as much as five years.
Thankfully, the world is finally accepting bilingualism for the benefit that it is. Not like before the 1960s, where it was thought that being bilingual was a handicap that slowed you down by adding the strain of having you distinguish between languages.
Now it’s well known that knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthier and sharper — which is always a good look.