Yesterday, I was at the Foster City Library at an event called the FMS MultiLingual Resource Fair (MLRF) . Why was I there? Because I was reading a short story in French (Lise et Bébélune translated from Eliza and the Moonchild) to a group of people.
As some of you may know, I have the chance to speak 3 languages: Japanese, English, and French (thanks mom and dad!). Research shows that being bilingual, trilingual, or knowing even more languages is great for your brain.
Joanna Reneteria, a journalist says “Besides the fact that we have the ability to speak, write, and/or read in more than one language, bilingual/trilingual’s have been proven to be “smarter” and have a higher resistant to Alzheimer’s disease.
- Staves off Dementia
- Improved Cognitive Skills
- Heightened Creativity
- Easier time focusing on tasks
- Greater control over literacy skills
- Heightened environmental awareness
- Easier time switching between tasks
- Denser grey matter
- Faster response time
- Higher scores on intelligence tests
So start learning a new language now and have fun with it!