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Etes-deux langues valent mieux qu'une?

If you already know the answer, than this article will help you try and decide on your own. For those that do not already know the answer, you will at least know what the question is by the end. Either way, you can cheat and use the internet to figure it out ahead of time if you wish.

A newly published study by researchers at Northwestern University and published in th National Academy of Sciences, reveals that bilingual people are better able to pay attention than those who are not bilingual. They have documented differences in the processing of speech sounds. It turns out that bilingual folks can focus better.

Are two languages better than one?

So you probably figured out what the question was. Does knowing two different languages give you an advantage over others? The researchers found that knowing two languages makes you better and sorting through what is relevant and what is not relevant. They refer to it as being a mental juggler.

There is a lot of science behind this and it actually fine tunes your nervous system. It helps you perform better at multi-tasking, in setting your priorities and in some cases fight off effects of old age. Yes, it might be possible to defend against Alzheimer's.

So what two languages do you know?

I happen to be reasonably proficient in English and seasoned in Pig Latin. Esya, Ia maa rettypa oodga taa igpa atinla. But so much for my own talents, what about you? Have you thought of expanding your world and learning a new language?

Portuguese is the language I am trying to learn at present. A very beautiful and interesting language, as are all of them. For me this is something I have wanted to do and it also will help me in my work. As I travel to Brazil, it will become helpful and essential in many ways.

Most of all, having the ability to speak a second language does more than benefit me as the research folks indicate. It will make me a more whole person; someone that is not bound by the constraints of a single language. I did say single because most people do not accept Pig Latin as a valid language.

I have also found, as an American and not wanting to sound apologetic, is that when travelling outside of the United States, many people are bilingual to some extent. In those countries that I travel to, I am amazed and overwhelmed at times how much better their minimal english skills are than my own lack of knowing their language.

Yes, English does tend to be the universal business language. But many people in the small local areas tend to know some English. I am sure it probably has to do with the American visitors. But take a stroll into the backroads of southern Alabama and see how many know French, German or Portuguese.

I venture to say that you will be a more well rounded person by speaking two languages or even more. It is the same as reading more and more books. The more you learn, the better person you become, the farther you will go in life. Plus, people won't laugh every time you start up that Pig Latin dialect.

Stay inspired my friends.


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Wow, I like Rob am a bit on the deaf side due to many years of loud amplifiers. I think my second language will be sign. Good article

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  about 7 years ago

What a great article. A little off the mainstream. I spent a year in Iceland and speak a little of that. Var eg skiptinemi go fra pvi tala sma Islensku! Not much call for that around here though so I"m horribly out of practice! I'll go back one day and prove to myself I can still talk about the fish and the weather and order a hamburger!

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  about 7 years ago

Good article as usual Joseph, I am fluent in English and Afrikaans. But here's a thought for you, I am going deaf and in crowds can hear no one, this has been happing for a long time and now getting worst fast. I lip read, and it is funny sometimes firstly having to establish which language is being spoken to me, as I get some very strange messages from people when I'm not sure which language they are speaking. I had to learn the second language when I moved to South Africa, and the tenses are so different, when I think back it certainly must have given a lot of people a good laugh. "Dankie, dis n uitstekende skrif."

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  about 7 years ago

Good article Joseph..always wanted to learn Spanish...and sign language for the deaf

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  about 7 years ago
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