Benefits of Being Bilingual

Many of us come from homes where our first language is Spanish because our parents only spoke Spanish when we were children. As time passes by, we begin focusing on our studies and don’t feel the need to study Spanish, since we already can speak it. Unfortunately, when we don’t use Spanish as much and can get away with speaking Spanglish, the language is lost. Many of us can get by, just speaking a little bit of Spanish, but are there any benefits to being bilingual?

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The brain’s left hemisphere is more dominant in analytical and logical processes and the right hemisphere is more active in emotional and social ones. Language involves both types of functions. When children learn a second language, they do so more easily because the plasticity of their developing brain lets them use both hemispheres when they’re learning a language. When you’re an adult you only use the left hemisphere when you’re learning a language, but even so, there are many advantages.