Learning a new language is an invaluable skill to learn not only for the obvious reasons but also for some lesser known and surprising fringe benefits.
Helps to Prevent Dementia
Bilingualism can help delay the development of Alzheimer’s disease in people prone to this condition by delaying the onset of dementia by as much as 5 years. This might sound hard to believe but studies continue to support such claims.
Your brain’s language centers actually grow when you learn a new language, and this reason is one of the biggest benefits of learning a new language. As you learn these vital areas of the brain will also grow in turn.
Be More Sensitive to Language
Children in bilingual households have the ability to distinguish languages that they have never heard before. Being exposed to various sounds will help them in telling the difference between languages throughout their lives.
When you are bilingual this can lead to enhanced listening skills as your brain needs to work harder to identify various kinds of sounds in two or more languages.
Improved Multitasking Ability
Bilinguals can easily and quickly switch from one task to the next. They have better cognitive flexibility and it is easier for them to adapt to unexpected situations.
Infants who are brought up in a bilingual environment usually have stronger working memories in comparison to those brought up in an environment using a single language. This means that they are better at reading, mental calculation and other crucial skills.
Improve Your First Language
Since learning another language will draw attention to abstract structure and rules of a language, it will inherently make you better with your first language.
See the World in a New Light
Lastly, learning another language can change how you see and look at the world.