That’s right, smarter. It has been proven that speaking a second language improves your brain functionality. If that isn’t reason enough, language learning also builds multitasking skills, helps fight off Alzheimer’s and dementia, increases your perception, and improves your memory and decision making skills.
So, now you have a few good reasons to start feeling superior to your monolingual friends, or perhaps a few good reasons to encourage them to start learning English!
In fact, the sooner you start learning a new language, the better. Younger learners are better at mimicking new sounds and picking up pronunciation; their brains are more open to new sounds and patterns. Children also have the opportunity to learn a new language in an informal setting, without becoming too self-conscious or embarrassed.
However, don’t despair if you are thinking of taking up a second language as an adult! It’s never too late to begin. If I can start learning Italian from scratch at age 30, then there’s hope for everyone!
Happy learning! Don’t you feel smarter already?