Following the post of last week, we continue to investigate the benefits that multilingualism can bring. This time, we would like to highlight the benefits that people who learned a second language during their chilhood could get. In a study carried out in Finland, a researcher has demonstrated that learning and speaking a second language can caused positive changes to brain development.
The researcher in question, called Sini Hämäläinen, mentions that childrens' brains are very pliable. This situation enables kids who are learning a second language before the age of 5 to have more neural connections in their brain. Moreover, these learners use both hemispheres of the brain when processing language, while monolinguals use just the left one.
Interestingly enough, this fact has an effect upon brain injuries. In the case of bilinguals (or multilinguals), if the part of the brain that is in charge of linguistic processes has been damaged, other parts of the brain will take over these processes, as the damaged area would not be able to continue to process language any longer.
Therefore, from Forvo, we cannot stress enough the importance of learning new languages, no matter the age. Not only do languages enrich us from a social or cultural standpoint, but they also provide us with health benefits.