The benefits of bilingualism

My wife and I have met with a surprising degree of success in raising our two-year-daughter to speak English and Spanish. I was thus very pleased to learn about some recent neuroscience research findings on the benefits of bilingualism:

Learning to juggle two languages in the brain is a skill that probably deserves credit for bilinguals’ cognitive advantages — although, researchers emphasize, this doesn’t mean they learn any better than people who speak only one language. But it does keep the brain more nimble, allowing bilingual people to multitask better, pick out key information faster and more effectively ignore surrounding distractions.

The full article is available here:,0,7811530.story

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