Learning new languages - the brain’s fuel

Learning new languages is said to have the advantage of increasing your brain power but HOW? This article will throw the spotlight on this fact and will explain in detail how learning foreign languages results in the development of your brain power.

When you listen to the new words, the sound impulses enter into your brain through the ear. The process of converting sounds into meanings and then framing a response indulges many parts of the brain. These different parts are stimulated to carry out their respective functions daily while you are making an effort to learn the new language which brings about a quick working of these parts and hence your brain power. Firstly, the sound enters your ear where they are converted into impulses. These impulses go to your brain where the brain studies, these sounds, turn them into meaningful words and phrases and formulate a convincing response due to which you can speak those words. This works like a machine. If you stop using a machine, it gets rusty and eventually stops functioning, but if you continue to use the machine in the recommended manner, you will observe the output is comprehensive.

For bilingual speakers, the process described above involves multiple languages. When they listen to a word or a phrase for the first time, their brain starts to identify it. This continues while he is hearing new words and a chain of response takes place. Having to differentiate between multiple languages can be tricky, but God has given brain the power to deal with such situations. It is the intricate situations that convincingly increase mental strength ultimately making bilingual persons to have better brains. Students’ brains are the perfect ones to learn foreign languages because their brain is ready to grasp any new concept or any new idea but it does not mean that people with older age groups cannot learn them. It may be a comparatively slow process, but eventually they will succeed. Learning new languages can develop new parts of your brain and strengthen your brain’s abilities to focus, carry out multiple tasks and store information.

When speaking two different languages, the brain is pressurized to work faster. Switching between two tasks requires the brain to work quickly, which eventually result in its development. It has been scientifically proved that the practice of learning new language alters the gray matter; the part of the brain that contains information. You learn new words and try to memorize them, you stand in front of the mirrors and say a single sentence many times, and you read a paragraph from a book and then try to work out its meaning. These all practices boost up your mental level and your memory improves. It develops your decision making power as described by a scientist Kroll that polyglots rarely make a wrong decision even though language choices are on the tip of their tongue. Thus, being a polyglot surely progresses, your mental development and your brain starts to work faster.


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