Recent studies seem to indicate that bilingualism is good for the brain, too. Multitasking and solving mental puzzles is often easier for bilinguals than monolinguals, according to research conducted by psychologists Ellen Bialystok and Michelle Martin-Rhee at York University in Toronto, Canada. The key seems to be that bilinguals are better at staying focused.
Similarly, Albert Costa, a researcher at Spain’s University of Pompeu Fabra, believes bilinguals possess a heightened ability to monitor their environment, which makes their brains more efficient.
And there’s some hope that bilingualism may help stave off the onset of dementia. While crosswords and Sudoku are fun, isn’t learning a new language even more exciting? At Speexx, each team member fluently speaks three to four languages on average, and the majority grew up bilingual in their homes. As a highly diverse and multicultural team, we take advantage of learning new languages from each other and practicing not only with our native-speaking colleagues, but also with Speexx.
Are you bilingual or do you have bilingual colleagues? Which language do you think could help you open the door to new career opportunities?