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The benefits of being bilingual

If you are multilingual and make use of more than one language regularly, you are in luck! There is a growing body of evidence that confirms the benefits of being bilingual; chiefly the positive effect it seems to have on cognitive performance. In recent times, we are also seeing more evidence [1][2] about the protective effects bilingualism seems to have against dementia and cognitive aging. On average, bilinguals seem to develop dementia five years later than monolinguals. 
Bilingual people are better at carrying out tasks that require focusing on one piece of information without being distracted by others. Years of managing interference between two languages have made the bilingual brain an expert at executive control. 

A recent research [3] of brain activity directed by Dr. Ana InĂ©s Ansaldo gives us more insight into how this happens. The study showed how monolinguals need to involve and connect five different brain areas to solve the same task that bilinguals can do with fewer and …

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