Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or
handy for travelling. It will make you smarter, more decisive and even
better at English, says AnneMerritt。学外语不止是加上你的简历可能福利游历。学外语会让您更了然,更果决,以至令你的母语更棒,语言学小说家Anne·梅Ritter讲到。

Despite all the reasons you’ve very likely heard about the benefits of
learning another language – good for your degree, good for your travels,
good for your career – some people seem to think that being multilingual
isn’t all that important anymore. We’re here to remind you that not only
is it important, it may very well be necessary.

I think many of us have thought of how to boost or improve our
brainpower. It turns our that studying a second  language could help it,
which means bilingualism or speaking two languages equally well is a
form of  brain training. However, we have to admit that most of we
Chinese students are not bilingual even though we have spent years
learning English, and the truth is that only a very few of elite
students are bilingual. But as people have more and more resources about
how to really master it, today’s children and students are going better
and better with it. If we are keen to make our brain be up to the
challenge, we have to try really harder. Besides, being bilingual may
protect our brain from damage if we have a stroke, which usually happens
to the elder. I think we need to exercise our brain in a early time
otherwise the more later we do the more “compensation” we need to
provide. We  can’t plead that our brainpower would get improve by
itself. Improving it could also help us to defend some trauma when some
tragedies happen, like we could calm ourselves down when we see the
epidemic of mass slaughter. 

图片 1双语学习的七大优势

It’s true that there are more and more people learning and speaking
English these days. In fact, English is, according to some measures, the
most widely spoken language in the world, the de facto lingua franca.
Approximately 1.5 billion people around the world speak English, whether
as their native tongue or as a foreign language, and this number is
still growing.

Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is
a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people
operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences
offer several mental

As Chinese universities (for example) offer more instruction to Chinese
students in English, study abroad administrators and their students will
start to de-emphasize language learning on programs. The same phenomenon
is happening in all parts of the world. I think the natural trend will
be to overlook the incredible benefits of language learning, and to more
quickly embrace programs that require very little in terms of language.
This is what we have to work against.

Below are seven cognitive advantages to learning a foreign language.
Many of these attributes are only apparent in people who speak multiple
languages regularly – if you haven’t spoken a foreign tongue since your
A levels, your brain might not be reaping these bilingual benefits.
However, people who begin language study in their adult lives can still
achieve the same levels of fluency as a young learner, and still reap
the same mental benefits,

Mark Lenhart, Executive Director of CET Academic Programs

You become smarter 变得更明白

But why limit yourself? What about the other 5.5 billion people who
don’t speak any English at all? Even if you don’t plan on ever setting
foot outside your own town again, what happens if the world comes to

Speaking a foreign language improves the functionality of your brain by
challenging it to recognise, negotiate meaning, and communicate in
different language systems. This skill boosts your ability to negotiate
meaning in other problem-solving tasks as

With ever-increasing levels of international trade and business,
tourism, immigration, and random cross-cultural experiences, chances are
you will eventually find yourself face-to-face with someone who doesn’t
speak English, at least not up to a level you understand. The reasons to
learn a foreign language or two have never been stronger. You don’t need
to be a polyglot, but read on for reasons why language learning is still

Students who study foreign languages tend to score better on
standardised tests than their monolingual peers, particularly in the
categories of maths, reading, and

  1. You Have to Learn a Foreign Language for School

You build multitasking skills 具有同期进行多项职务的才干

Learning a new language can be a part of your preparation for college or
graduate school. Being able to speak a foreign language — especially an
in demand language like Chinese, Arabic, or Spanish — and having
experience with a different culture looks good on any application.

Multilingual people, especially children, are skilled at switching
between two systems of speech, writing, and structure. 朗逸ing to a
study from the Pennsylvania State University, this “juggling” skill
makes them good multitaskers, because they can easily switch between
different structures. In one study, participants used a driving
simulator while doing separate, distracting tasks at the same time. The
research found that people who spoke more than one language made fewer
errors in their

Many undergraduate programs and even some postgraduate courses have
foreign language courses as part of their major or graduation
requirements. At least two top international MBA business schools
require all incoming students to know a second language in addition to

You stave offAlzheimer’s anddementia 延缓花甲之年脑积水恐怕别的高血压表皮囊肿症

“One reason some students study language is because they are required
to,” says Mark Lenhart, Executive Director of CET Academic Programs, a
study abroad organization based in Washington, DC that designs
innovative language and culture immersion programs abroad. “We sometimes
have students tell us they choose our programs because the language
classes fulfill a requirement.”

Several studies have been conducted

  1. It’s Necessary for Your Work (or Better Prospects)

on this topic, and the results are consistent. For monolingual adults,
the mean age for the first signs of dementia is 71.4. For adults who
speak two or more languages, the mean age for those first signs is 75.5.
Studies considered factors such as education level, income level,
gender, and physical health, but the results were

Learn a Foreign Language

Your memory improves 升高回想力

There aren’t many situations where language skills are the reason that
someone gets passed over for a promotion, or even just to keep the job.
But in an increasingly competitive job market, why would you not give
yourself every possible edge?

Educators often liken the brain to a muscle, because it functions better
with exercise. Learning a language involves memorising rules and
vocabulary, which helps strengthen that mental “muscle。” This exercise
improves overall memory, which means that multiple language speakers are
better at remembering lists or sequences. Studies show that bilinguals
are better at retaining shopping lists, names, and

But it’s not just about padding your resume. With globalization in full
swing, there’s a good chance you’ll be working with people whose first
language isn’t English. Maybe it’s a development team in India, or a
manufacturing plant in China, or an alternative energy supplier in
Germany; being able to communicate in other languages makes you much
more valuable to an employer.