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Judith Kroll Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Penn State

The belief was that people who could speak two or more languages had difficulty using either. The bottom line is that bilingualism is good for you.
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Anne Merritt EFL lecturer currently based in South Korea

Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.



Simon Jenkins Simon Jenkins, journalist and author. He writes a column twice weekly for the Guardian and wee

Like the current zombie cult of maths, languages are beloved of reactionary educators for one reason: they are easy to test, quantify and regiment. They are the raw material for education’s new Holy Grail, the league table. Challenge the usefulness of such subjects, and teachers fall back on the medieval saw, that “they train the mind”. They used to say that of Latin – and corporal punishment. The... See More
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