“10 Proven Benefits of Being Bilingual”

It is no surprise, I AM BILINGUAL. I was raised speaking Spanish, and at the age of five, I was introduced to the English language. I remember being the little Mexican girl with an accent, attending a predominant Caucasian school. Growing up was tough, no doubt about it. I struggled trying to hold on to my Spanish language, Spanish accent, and at the same time, trying to adapt to a new one.

Little did I know, this ongoing struggle would end up benefitting me in the long run. Recently, I have come across more than one article, discussing bilingualism and the advantage that we have over monolingual’s. Besides the fact that we have the ability to speak, write, and/or read in more than language, bilingual’s have been proven to be “smarter” and have a higher resistant to Alzheimer’s disease.

According to the article,  “10 Proven Brain Benefits of Being Bilingual”,

Bilingual individuals enjoy some decidedly physiological rewards for their linguistic capabilities, which aren’t always immediately noticeable.

So, what are these ten proven benefits and when will we start noticing them? The staff members of bestcollegesonline.com, list these benefits as the following:

  1. Staves off Dementia
  2. Improved Cognitive Skills
  3. Heightened Creativity
  4. Easier time focusing on tasks
  5. Greater control over literacy skills
  6. Heightened environmental awareness
  7. Easier time switching between tasks
  8. Denser grey matter
  9. Faster response time
  10. Higher scores on intelligence tests

After reading, I thought to myself. “…Well let’s see, which of these actually apply to me”. Improved cognitive skills, yup definitely applies…. and I would say I am a pretty creative person. Of course, I have control over literacy; I often switch between languages.

This article along with the article I discussed earlier on in the week, “Why Bilinguals are smarter”, go into depth on the BENEFITS of being bilingual…whether you grew up being bilingual/trilingual, or it was something you developed later on in life, there are ways that this skill will benefit you in more ways that you ever imagined. I invite you to read the following articles and strongly recommend that you not only continue developing these skills, but that you instill them in the generations to come (in other words, your children!)

http://www.bestcollegesonline.com/blog/2012/04/02/10-proven-brain-benefits-of-being-bilingual/

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E07E0DD113AF93BA25750C0A9649D8B63

“Why Bilinguals Are Smarter”….

Have I ever looked at bilingualism as a disadvantage? Have I ever seen it as a bag thing? Have I ever thought, “I rather know ONE language and dominate that language 100%”!?! The answer to all these questions is…YES!!! I have. I did but I don’t anymore and reading articles such as, “Why Bilinguals are smarter” by GRAY MATTER gives me all the confidence in knowing not one, but TWO languages! Anyone who knows more than one language should read this article and whoever is monolingual but has considered learning another language should also read this article.

Bilingualism…”isn’t so much a handicap as a blessing in disguise.” states Matter.

Also, it is NEVER to late to learn another language! Although it is a daily struggle knowing two languages and trying to dominate them equally, ONE DAY I want to pursue learning a third. French possibly? Until then Au Revoir! And READ THIS ARTICLE:

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E07E0DD113AF93BA25750C0A9649D8B63

p.s. thanks mom for sharing this article with me!