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Give Your Brain a Boost

Give Your Brain a BoostLearning a second, (or third, or fourth, or even fifth for some of us!) language can be really hard.  It takes discipline, hard work, and some serious brain power.  We learn languages for a lot of reasons; to get a better job or begin a new career, to live in a new country with success, to have a better relationship, or because it is so fun and interesting to do!  It also turns out that learning a new language is super good for your brain!

I love everything that has to do with learning languages, so when I saw this article about how good learning a new language is for your brain I thought it would be a fun topic to share with all of you!  This article by Deane Alban says, “It’s now known that learning another language is one of the most effective and practical ways to increase intelligence, keep your mind sharp, and buffer your brain against aging.”  Here are just a few of the ways that your pursuit for linguistic achievement can boost your braincells:

  • Being bilingual improves cognitive skills and overall brain functioning.

This article cites that compared to people that only speak one language, people that are bilingual are more likely to have a higher general intelligence, be better at planning, prioritizing, and making decisions, understand others points of view, have better mental flexibility, and be more creative among other things.

  • Learning a new language expands your brain and its connections.

In one study, they actually were able to observe the language centre of the brain, the hippocampus, growing larger!  Learning a new language also can increase the number of neural pathways that your brain makes.  These changes were also able to be observed in elderly students, which was pretty exciting because it had been previously thought that your brain loses the ability to change and grow as you get older.  They found that elderly students who learned a second language had brains that functioned more like the brains of young adults!  So you don’t have to be young to be successful at learning a new language at all, the joys of learning a language are for all ages!

  • Learning a new language can protect your brain against aging.

Alzheimer’s and dementia are especially scary to me.  Losing your memory is losing a little bit of who you are.  These recent studies on the benefits of learning a second language now show that knowing a second language can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia by as many as four and a half years, which is better than the 6 months to a year that the current medications can do!  Learning a language is food for your brain as well as an aid to help you get where you need to go!

I love studies like these that come out because they really just confirm for us what we have known in our hearts all along; that learning a new language is not only fun and a fantastic way to improve your life, but it is also a huge boost to improving your mental acuity and your overall brain health.

A great way to boost your English language skills is to embark upon an immersion adventure with us at Fleetham Lodge!  Come stay with us for a week or just a few days and we will help you in precisely the areas that you need to develop your English fluency to accomplish whatever goals that you have.  We have lots of programmes to choose from so you are sure to find the right fit for you.

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