The Benefits of Multilingualism – Full Article

To have another language is to possess a second soul.
— Charlemagne (742/7 – 814), King of the Franks

 

By Michał B. Paradowski
Institute of Applied Linguistics,
University of Warsaw

Raising a Truly Bilingual Child

True bilingualism is a relatively rare and a beautiful thing, and by “true,” I mean speaking two languages with the proficiency of a native — something most of us will only dream of as we struggle with learning languages in school and beyond.

“For everybody trying to raise a bilingual child, whatever your background and reason, it’s very important to realize that acquiring a language requires massive exposure to that language.”

 

Perri Klass, M.D.

The New York Times

Myths and Misconceptions in Multilingualism

“Education and cognitive science, have in common in terms of implicit assumptions made in respect to language learning and use. In our first joint publication, in May 2017, we explored the idea of a “healthy linguistic diet” (1), from primary school education to cognitive ageing and dementia prevention (2). In the second one, published this week, we examine systematically three important implicit assumptions underlying current controversies around multilingualism (3).”

Why Bilinguals Are Smarter

Profound benefits beyond the practical advantage of flexible communication in a globalised world.

Yudhijit Bhattacharjee

NY Times

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