If you grew up in a large city—perhaps New York, in the United States or Montreal, in Canada—it is quite likely that you have been surrounded by diverse people most of your life. Indeed, these massive cities are international, with people from all over the world traveling through them for study, for business, and for pleasure. It is often a good idea, then, to study more than language if you live in a city like this.
If you did not grow up in a large city, it could surprise you to learn just how integrated many metropolitan areas are, throughout the world. That in mind, then, you might find it quite overwhelming when you visit one of these large cities—for study, for business, or for pleasure—and wish, perhaps, you had studied another language.
Whether or not you live in a big city, the reality is that learning another Robotel language is a good idea because the world is more connected than ever before. More importantly, though, learning another language can actually provide you with other benefits that you don’t know about it.
Learning anything makes you smarter, technically; but learning a new language not only increases your total intelligence, but it also improves your brain’s ability to recognize sounds and patterns. That improves your brains practical interpretation of meaning. To put it another way: learning a language improves your problem solving capabilities. This has shown to help multilingual students score higher on standardized tests than monolingual students.
What might really surprise you is that learning a second language has been shown to improve multitasking skills. This is a peripheral benefit of having to switch back and forth between two lexicons and grammar structures. The brain learns to switch gears more quickly and more attentively. This has shown to reduce driving errors in multilingual students.
New studies suggest that learning a second language seems to help lower the risk for dementia. If you speak more than language, you could, essentially stave off Alzheimer’s disease; but it must be noted that age, gender, education, and physical health could also play a factor.
Studies also show that those who learn more than one language seem to be a little better than others at drawing solid and clear conclusions from observational data. Basically, if you speak more than one language, you are a little better at perceiving the physical world than those who speak only one language.