Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Most high school and college students around the world would do anything to avoid completing their foreign language requirement. Well here's an incentive to start paying attention and loving your next French class.
According to a study conducted by York University in Canada, scientists found that knowing more than one language could delay the side effects of Alzheimer's disease by up to five years.
Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia. Signs of the disease include memory lapses, confusion, emotional instability and gradual loss of mental ability. The signs usually begin to appear by late middle age. The cause is unknown.
By learning another language the brain is able is to tune out other thoughts. This ability is referred to as "executive thought."
"Executive thought" means the brain is working to its full capacity making it harder for the brain to fall victim to Alzheimer's.
It is harder for the brain to learn a second language during middle age. So it's never too late to purchase Rosetta Stone while you're in high school or college!
Would you ever take up another language? If so which one? How many languages and which languages do you all know how to speak??