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The many advantages of learning a new language

I’m learning a new language. Specifically, I have a few weeks using various Internet resources (Busuu, Duolingo, Second Life, Conversations on Skype, YouTube videos, podcast, etc.) to learn French. There are many benefits, they say, to learn new languages.
Beyond the challenge of being able to think in different languages ​​(already happened with the English and the feeling it is great) or the most popular reason, make new / as friends / as, it seems we can find reasons scientifically proven the list that I have prepared:
EducationWhy study new languages?
I’ll find the source but calmly read a while that learning new languages ​​is a powerful antidote to better cope with traumatic experiences of loss, depressive symptoms usually does. The theme is consistent with the observation of the outside world, creativity, anything that consists of placing the focus of attention away from their own problems, as elements that help us to “re-flow”. It can also be related to the construction of new realities, new “I” every time we learn a new language that we analyze below.
-Improved Capacity: Biligües seems that people can change jobs much faster. Show higher cognitive flexibility and are easier to adapt to unforeseen circumstances.
– Learn new languages ​​encourages open-mindedness A study in social psychology watched a relationship. directly between knowledge of different languages ​​and attitudes that show a more open mentality more tolerant, more flexible, less preconceived ideas and structures.
It seems logical if we recall studies say the words that define reality change the perception of it (remember the curiosity that in some cultures perceive time differently, which is reflected in the words that describe it).
It is a demanding mental activity, fitness activities good for our brains. In the case of memory, for example, it is known to have different systems and learning a new language affects all of them. The more unconscious procedural memory, which is responsible for perfecting the accent, declarative remembering words, master grammar and express fluidly conscious memory, etc …
Thus, many studies have shown to be lingual can also enhance both memory and attention, even five years delay the onset of dementia in old age.
Changes in personality:
Some experts say that not just intelligence to be better when learning a language. We are “cultural chameleons” and learn a new language changes our brain structures and helps us to reinvent ourselves. It makes us a little citizens of each place, taking part of their customs and ways. Go becoming increasingly “global citizens” …. Can not you sound better, no? Similarly, many studies have shown that multilingual are able to adapt to each location more easily, behave differently according to the language you are speaking at all times.
In this sense a curious and interesting in Clinical Psychology occurs. It was something I knew intuitively: different experiences in our lives are coded in different languages ​​in our brains.
A historical anecdote reminds us of Nabokov. Apparently he wrote his autobiography in English, realizing in the process that was complicated, as if his memory could not develop beyond the Russian in which the experiences of his childhood lived. A second Russian writing in the mother revealed details that could not be expressed in the second language.
So it seems that there are certain compartments for each language in our minds, linked to the experiences and coded in that language. It is both the quantity and the intensity or quality of the experiences which facilitates the learning of each language.
Finally in terms of the relationship between personality and language, lack of adaptability to change can be an important barrier to learning new languages. It is called “permeability ego” and is related to empathic ability. Keeley, a researcher at Kyushu Sangyo University in Japan was testing language students with questions like “I is easy to put myself in someone else shoes and imagine how you feel” or “I have impressions of other people” or “I can change Opinion readily agree with the opinion of the people I have around, “confirming that those who scored higher new language spoke more fluidly