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10 Amazing Benefits of Being Bilingual


What are The Benefits of Being Bilingual

There has been a lot of research on bilingualism over the years. Many studies have found so many benefits of being bilingual or being able to speak more than one language. A trait that was once considered a hindrance, has now proved to have so many advantages for both children and adults.

Here are 10 amazing benefits of being bilingual:

1. Being bilingual has positive effects on the brain

Studies show that being bilingual has many cognitive benefits. According to research, speaking a second language can mean that you have a better attention span and can multi-task better than monolinguals. This is because being bilingual means you are constantly switching from one language to the other. Numerous other studies suggest that bilingualism can also reduce the risk of having a stroke.

Cognitive benefits effect both bilingual kids and bilingual adults. Children as young as seven months who are exposed to more than one language tend to adjust better to changes in the environment. For older bilinguals, there tends to be less cognitive decline.

2. Bilingualism gives you the educational advantage

Many of the cognitive benefits mentioned above can also mean that bilinguals have an advantage at school or further education. Many studies show that those who speak a second language are more likely to be less distracted and more focused on tasks.

Even bilingual children who are educated in their second language, have actually been seen to outperform monolingual students in their native language.

The recent Millennum Cohort Study found many educational benefits for bilingual children. Their research showed that even though children who are educated in their second language may initially lag behind around three, four and five years old, they soon catch up and outperform their peers by age seven.

3. Languages are highly valued in the workplace

Speaking a second language has numerous employment benefits. Being bilingual means that there are more job opportunities depending on which languages you speak. Communication in the workplace is important, and more companies, especially those with international offices, are considering bilingualism a high priority.

Fast growing fields such as tourism, journalism and translation put great value on bilingual employees. Additional languages on the resume could have your application moved to the top of the pile and give you a better chance at getting the job, even if you aren’t as qualified as another monolingual applicant.

4. Being Bilingual has been linked to health benefits

There have been many studies proving that being bilingual can benefit ones health. Researches recently found that there is growing evidence to suggest that bilingualism can delay the onset of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease for example. Other benefits of being bilingual include things such as a faster stroke recovery, lower stress levels, and delay many effects of old to name a few.

5. Speaking more than one language makes you more open minded

Have you ever heard the bilingual quote “To have another language is to possess a second soul” by Charlemagne? One of the benefits of being bilingual can mean that you see the world in different ways. Some even say that speaking two different languages can sometimes feel like having two different personalities.

Bilinguals are used to constant change. This means that they are usually less effected by changes in the environment, and more open minded to new things and new experiences, because they have more than one view of the world already.

6. Speaking a foreign language can be highly beneficial when you travel

Of course you can get around many countries without speaking the language. However, think of how much more you can experience if you speak the local language of the place you are visiting. No need for a phrase book or a translation app on the phone. Being able to communicate with the locals and immerse yourself in the language and culture can make your travel experience so much more enjoyable.

7. Being Bilingual opens up new social opportunities

Bilinguals can make friends in more than one language meaning more opportunities to meet new people, and enjoy different hobbies and activities. Being able to communicate with people from other cultures is a huge social advantage and can open up so many more doors in life.

8. Knowing more than one language helps you to learn additional languages

An amazing benefit of being bilingual is that you can learn additional languages more easily that monolinguals. This is because language skills reinforce each other. So if you have learned a second language already, then learning a third means transferring those skills over.

9. Being bilingual means you can raise bilingual kids

What better advantage, than being able to pass on your languages to your own children so they can reap the benefits of being bilingual too! Give your children the best start in life and raise them bilingual from birth. Your bilingual kids can then have bilingual kids of their own and languages can be passed on through generations.

10. You are not the minority if you are bilingual

One of the biggest misconceptions is that bilingualism is a rare phenomenon. But, in fact being bilingual means you are NOT the minority.  More than half the world speaks more than one language on a daily basis. In many countries around the world, bilingualism is actually considered the norm, and I’m sure it won’t be long until the rest of the world catches on. Everyone should have the chance to learn a second language and reap the benefits of being bilingual.

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Amazing Benefits of Being Bilingual



  1. lilaktra

    What a great article! I was concerned raising my children with three languages. Luckily I got the right advice and took a very casual approach with them from birth. Result? They are fluent in two and working on the third very comfortably…

    • Camila

      That’s amazing! May I ask how did you decide to approach it?

  2. Dale Schraufnagel

    Great article!???

  3. Oswaldo

    I got my daugther she’s only 1 year 7 months her mum speak english but I am talking to her in Spanish just wondering .
    If that would affect or confusing her speach development

  4. alexandria

    Wow what a great article! I am child who is bilingual but is not fluent in the language i am supposed to know. instead of knowing spanish fluently, I mastered english. And so I asked my parents what the importance is on knowing more than one language and according to this article, it is very important. If you do not mind, I would like to write an essay using this website as my resource and sending it to my teacher. I think this could be a perfect lesson to teach. I like this article very much and I now know the importance of knowing more than one language. Thank you very much!

  5. Elle

    Hello,hola,oi thank you for this article you helped me become inspired to learn new languages now i know Spanish and portugese.

  6. Great article Chontelle. My wife and I are trying to raise our daughter to be bilingual. It’s certainly challenging, but I find focusing on benefits such as these, can really motivate parents to stick at it, especially if you feel you’re not getting anywhere with one of the languages.

    It’s certainly a long term goal, so patience is key!

    Graham = >

  7. Davide

    My daughter is tri-lingual: Russian, Italian, English. She’s 3 and switches to the one which suits accordingly to the person she’s interacting with. What I have noticed is her capacity to memorise everything.
    Having to learn three names for the same object each time definitely pushes the mnemonic capacity one step further.
    The fact that the three different languages not only have different roots (Latin/Slavic/Saxon), but also pronunciation and sounds makes the challenge even more formidable. She’s learning effortlessly what would put the most focus and dedicated student in deep stress. Couldn’t agree more to the article. One suggestion: show the movies always in their original language or in other if you have options with DVD/BluRay Discs. It will help too..

  8. Abby

    Great article! This helped me a lot!

  9. Dorran Williams

    Doing an essay and this was really what I needed!! thanks!! Great work…

  10. Alice

    It’s a great article I ever heard…I am preparing for an article now You give me much knowledge as precious metals ?

  11. Djiade

    This is very interesting!

  12. kat

    Wow love this site thank you!!!

  13. Alex Potter

    I fluently speak three languages (only one is native, but still, I was taught the other two at a pretty young age), and currently learning my fourth one and I can tell you it is amazing being able to communicate with so many people, having such an open mind and being able to understand puns and other linguistic jokes in many languages etc. It has even helped me with playing instruments ! Highly recommend encouraging your kids to learn new languages or teaching them a second native language yourself! It does make a difference and it helps a lot.

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