Bilingual babies can accurately process two languages from just 20 months of age, according to a new study. Researchers found infants growing up with two languages have the learning ability to make sense of both of them from just listening. The moment they hear the switch their pupils dilate, researchers found - proving that it does not just blend into gobbledegook. This builds on previous research which found babies who are exposed to two languages have better brain power before they've even uttered a word and end up smarter for life. Researchers found babies infants growing up bilingual have the learning ability to make sense of two languages from just listening.
More than half of the world's population is bilingual and that prevalence is rising. Psychologists have been interested in how bilingualism shapes the mind for almost a century - and many say it can improve memory and attention. But new research suggests this may not be the case, and being bilingual could in fact be bad for your brain. In their studies, babies listened to words spoken in both Spanish and English, which is common in America. They are those who suggest that in order to speak in one language, bilinguals have to suppress the influence of the other.
Being a chatterbox could boost your child's intelligence, according to new research. It found youngsters exposed to large amounts of speech by their parents had higher IQs and better cognitive skills. The children, aged two to four, also tended to have better non-verbal skills such as reasoning, numeracy and shape awareness. Additionally, the study found children who interacted with adults that used a diverse vocabulary knew a greater variety of words themselves. Researchers suggest greater exposure to language forces youngsters to learn what words and phrases mean.
If you answered yes, then you're well on your way to enjoying the many benefits of bilingualism. Speaking both English and French, for example, can enrich your cultural experiences in multilingual destinations like Belgium, Morocco, or Egypt, and broaden your access to books, music, and films. But the benefits of speaking another language aren't limited to just cultural perks. "Studies have shown that bilingual individuals consistently outperform their monolingual counterparts on tasks involving executive control," says Ellen Bialystok, a cognitive psychologist at York University. In other words, speaking more than one language can improve your ability to pay attention, plan, solve problems, or switch between tasks (like making sure you don't miss your freeway exit while attending to your kids in the back seat).
Children who learn two languages as they grow up find it easier to learn a third in later life, a study found. They learn faster than their monolingual counterparts, confirming the theory bilinguals are better at picking up another language, researchers say. Researchers found boosted brain activity in brain scans of bilingual people which showed they learned an extra language using brain processes usually reserved for their native tongue. Children who learn two languages as they grow up find it easier to learn a third in later life, a study found. Learning to speak a second language at any point could help keep your brain sharp as you age, a 2015 study found.