A second language appears to protect the brain against devastating damage to mental functions
If you were ever wondering about the benefits of learning a second language – I heard this on the radio this morning and have now have found an accompanying article in the Daily Telegraph. It says:
Although the ability to converse in a second language may seem irrelevant to physical health, it appears to protect the brain against devastating damage to mental functions.
It went on to say:
Researchers say these studies suggest the mental challenge of speaking more than one language can boost cognitive reserve – an improved ability of the brain to cope with damaging influences such as stroke or dementia.
You can see the full in article here
Sometimes with language learning we have to stay motivated – to make sure we do a little bit everyday. It is amazing research like this which can help…what other subject can bring so much pleasure and satisfaction – and deliver mental health benefits?
PS If you’re looking for a great place to start learning a second language, multi-award winning KLOO Games are a great place to start 😉