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Health May Be Supported By Learning New Languages

By Tom Herrin

For many people, the thought of learning a new language sounds like something that they want nothing to do with.  After all, the language they currently use is probably something they learned early on and are quite satisfied with.  While this may be the case, learning a new language can be both challenging and rewarding.  It is also surprisingly simple.  Of course, it takes work, but there are lots of programs available today that can help make this easier and speaking more than one language can have many practical uses.  It can also do some good things for the brain, and just about everyone can benefit from that.

Learning Other Languages May Improve Math Ability

For sure, there are several activities that are known to improve math abilities.  Some of this is likely because of the fact that the brain is being used more at a higher level.  Studies from both the Universities of Massachusetts and Michigan support the notion that children who study a new language are more proficient at math.  Whether this is due to the fact that they are using the brain in some certain way or that the language structure itself helps may not matter.  The fact that they study it seems to be a big factor.

It May Help Improve Attention Span

Here again, a person may draw their own conclusions as to exactly why, but a York University study indicated that those who can switch from one language to another seem to be able to maintain better focus or attention span.  Perhaps it is due to the fact that people have to be more attentive when switching languages.  Whichever is the case, it seems to help and is a worthwhile reason to try.

Stronger Brain, Better Health

When people do things to improve their brain, they are improving their overall health as well.  I try to stay aware of things that can help both.  I realize the connection.  I believe that exercising my brain is a sure way to keep it sharper.  As a result, I am currently trying to learn a new language.  It is a fun challenge, but when I include the entire family, it can become a game.  As we test each other by speaking in another language, all of us seem to grow.  It also seems to give us a better appreciation of what others deal with as they struggle to learn our language.

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