The Benefits of a Bilingual Brain

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Oblast. Suspend your poly. Say you wish ulama if you answered si we or quay chances are you belong to the world's bilingual and multilingual majority and besides an easier time traveling or watching movies without subtitles. Knowing two or more languages means that your brain may actually look and work differently than those of your monolingual friends. So what does it really mean. to noah. language language ability is typically measured in two active parts speaking and writing and to passive parts listening and reading while he balanced bilingual has near equal abilities across the board in two languages. Most bilingual's around the world know and use their languages in varying proportions and depending on their situation and how they acquired each language they can be classified into three general types for example. Let's take gabriella whose family emigrates to the us from peru when she's two years old as a compound bilingual gabriella develops to linguistic code simultaneously with a single set of concepts learning both english and spanish as she begins to process the world around her. Her teenage brother on the other hand might be coordinate. Bilingual working with two sets of concepts learning english and school while continuing to speak spanish at home and with friends finally gabrielle is. Parents are likely to be subordinate. Bilingual's who learn a secondary language by filtering it through their primary language because all types of bilingual people can become fully proficient in a language regardless of accent or pronunciation. The difference may not be apparent to a casual observer but recent advances in brain imaging technology have given neuro linguists at glimpse into how specific aspects of language learning affect the bilingual brain. It's well known that the brains left hemisphere is more dominant and analytical and logical processes while the right hemisphere is more active in emotional and social ones though this is a matter of degree not an absolute split the fact that language involves both types of functions while lateral ization develops gradually with age has led to the critical period hypothesis. According to this theory children learn languages more easily because the plasticity of their developing brains. Let's them use both hemispheres in language acquisition while in most adults languages latter allies to one hemisphere usually the left. If this is true learning a language in childhood may give you a more holistic grasp of its social and emotional

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