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Bilingual people focus better than you

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Birmingham in England has found that bilingual and multilingual individuals have a ‘<b>superfocus</b>‘ …

Language learning boosts brain plasticity and ability to code new information

By studying brain electrical activity of volunteers, researchers found that language acquisition enhances brain plasticity and capacity for learning. …

6 Reasons Why Your Bilingual Child Might Drop Your Language

It is a challenge in raising a bilingual child to provide an environment where he or she can be equally exposed to both languages. The theory is one thing, though, and real life experiences prove how difficult, if not impossible, it is to ensure that the child has a balanced exposure to both …

Individual language experience modulates rapid formation of cortical memory circuits for novel words

1.<p>Costa, A. & Sebastián-Gallés, N. How does the bilingual experience sculpt the brain? <i>Nat. Rev. Neurosci.</i> <b>15</b>, 336–345 (2014).<p>2.<p>Higby, E., Kim, J. & …

If language tells us who we are, then who am I? | Stan Grant

Inspired by my father and to honour the traditions of our people, I have learned more of the Wiradjuri language. But I am the sum of many parts<br>• Support our journalism by giving a one-off or recurring contribution to Guardian Australia<p>My father says language tells us not just who we are but where …

Kevin Rudd

The Frustrating Science Of Becoming Bilingual

Unfortunately for Americans, fluency in a second language is something only enjoyed by a select few. Either you grew up in a home where English …

Julia Donaldson: why hearing children should find out about signing

Photograph: Nick Sharratt<p>Julia Donaldson: I can’t remember who came up with the idea of “come to my party” and “Danger!”, but for me that was when the story really took off and I could see it could be quite …

What are the hardest languages to learn? Check the ranking

While nearly everyone has the intuition that some languages are clearly more difficult than others to learn, there are still those who claim that …

Can a Second Language Help You Learn a Third?

Post written by Aneta Pavlenko.<p>As bilinguals, one of our greatest hopes is that the efforts we have invested in learning a second language (L2) will …

The future of language

By Rick Noack<p>, Reporter<p>To some extent, Americans have an advantage over much of the world's population: The country's two most widely spoken languages — English and Spanish — are among the most widely spoken worldwide. So, are Americans still willing to take language classes?<p>The number of American …

Neuroscientists create ‘atlas’ showing how words are organised in the brain

Using brain imaging, scientists have built a map displaying how words and their meanings are represented across different regions of the brain<p>Scientists have created an “atlas of the brain” that reveals how the meanings of words are arranged across different regions of the organ.<p>Like a colourful …

Brain Imaging

Synaesthesia could help us understand how the brain processes language | Cathleen O'Grady

A new study highlights a fascinating idea for using a multisensory neurological condition to explore bigger psychological questions<p>When we speak, listen, read, or write, almost all of the language processing that happens in our brains goes on below the level of conscious awareness. We might be …

Being bilingual alters your brain. Here's how

It’s well known that being bilingual has cognitive benefits: switching between two languages has been compared to mental gymnastics. But now, …

Language

How Learning Languages Affects Our Brain #infographic

Learning a new language is not an easy task at all. There is so many weird rules, unfamiliar words and pronunciation problems that most of the time …

Success in second language learning linked to genetic and brain measures

If you’ve had disappointing results in learning a new language as an adult, your struggle may have to do with your genes and brain structure.A new …

The Brain

What is Different in the Bilingual Brain?

Interview conducted by François Grosjean<p>Research on the bilingual brain has gone through several stages over the years: the study of aphasic …

Fast fluency: Can we identify quick language learners?

Ever wonder why some people seem to learn new languages faster? The secret might lie in the brain activity they generate while relaxing.

The Brain

Our brain benefits from an overlap in grammar when learning a foreign language — Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Learning a new language is a difficult task. It requires skills for memorizing new words, learning how to put those words together in a grammatical …

Is Perfect Bilingualism Attainable?

It's time to reconsider what it means to be bilingual.<p>Raising children to speak two languages is no easy feat. Parents often find themselves enrolling children in language immersion programs, exposing them to different languages at home, encouraging them watch cartoons in another language, and …

The best time to learn a new language? You've missed your chance

Any adult who has attempted to learn a foreign language can attest to how difficult and confusing it can be. So when a three-year-old growing up in a …

Language Learning

Why being bilingual helps keep your brain fit

He's right. Around the world, more than half of people – estimates vary from 60 to 75 per cent – speak at least two languages. Many countries have …

How language is processed by your brain

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you read a sentence (such as this one) about kicking a ball, neurons related to the motor function of your leg and foot will be activated in your brain. Similarly, if you talk about cooking garlic, neurons associated with smelling will fire up. Since it is almost impossible to do or …

Language Learning

Being Bilingual Changes the Architecture of Your Brain

I’d been back from studying abroad in Mexico City for a couple of days when I asked my dad, “Can I use the <i>lavadora</i>?”<p>“The what?” He didn’t speak …