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In cities with immigrant populations, two or three languages are very common. There is a city of Johannesburg in South Africa where every second person knows 5 languages. There are many industrial enterprises in this city. People also came from places where they brought their languages with them. There is also a large community of Biharis in Calcutta. They also speak Bengali, Bhojpuri or Maithili as well as Hindi as well as English. This is the situation of the whole world. There is also a statistic that 60 to 75 percent of the world’s people know at least two languages. Experts also believe that bilingual people have sharper minds than others. Let’s take a look at this linguistic specialty on this International Mother Language Day.
Being multilingual is socially beneficial
Being multilingual means knowing several languages, of course it gives many advantages. You don’t find the new place strange. When you visit Tamil Nadu, speaking English can save you a lot. If you don’t know tamil then don’t come, you have to watch hollywood movies in dubbing garbage, if you know english you will be saved. Even if we do research, the language barrier will stand in the way. In general, there are advantages.
Knowing multiple languages is also good for brain health
Now we come to the main point. This advantage is a step forward. Science says that being bilingual is good for your brain. It’s a little surprising, but it’s true.
Language also affects personality
In 1960, Susan Irwin Tripp, a psychologist, tested a woman who could speak both Japanese and English. The conclusion of this test was that people who speak two languages have two ways of thinking about the same thing. That is, the answer to a question in one language can change its answer in another language. In many surveys, people have also accepted that they feel like a changed person when they speak a different language.
Let’s make it easier. Answer the question in your mother tongue. For example, if someone asks you in your native language, what do you like to eat the most? Will the answers that come to your mind be where you should have learned the language from? But when the same question is asked to you in English or any other language, chances are that your answer will change.
That’s exactly what psychologist Susan Irwin Tripp did in her experiment. He asked the woman the same question in different languages and got different answers.
multilingual people are better performers
Various studies also say that multilingual people perform better than those who know only one language. Faster and more accurate than monolinguals. The reason for this is that when a bilingual person speaks one language at the same time, his brain works even if he is not using the second language. In such a situation, that person becomes more focused and focused. As people tend to forget things as they age – bilinguals benefit too.
effective in Alzheimer’s
Now listen to another study. One of them was Ellen Bialystok, a psychologist. He did research at York University in Toronto. The study looked at how aging affects bilinguals and monolinguals. The impact on both was different. They took bilinguals and monolinguals with the same disease, but noted that the bilinguals showed signs of Alzheimer’s four years after the monolinguals.
Here too, people who know two languages won. Bialystok wrote that because the brains of bilinguals are more habituated than monolinguals, if there was a problem in any part of the brain, they could easily deal with it. Another great thing, being bilingual can be helpful even after a head injury. A study was conducted on 600 stroke survivors in India. It has been found that bilinguals are twice as likely to recover from stroke than monolinguals.
Speak up to save the language
A lot of statistics, research. It is also true that being bilingual or multilingual is psychologically appropriate. That’s your business. By the way, there is another thing, which is also research, but for languages. By 2022, there will be 29 such languages that will no longer be spoken. This means that people have left these languages behind in search of a comfort zone. Apart from its benefits, it is also important to learn new languages so that these languages also survive. All languages exist because of our use. If not used, then where is the language?
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