Thursday, May 02, 2013

Univision News Tumblr, Is Being Bilingual a Good Thing?

Univision News Tumblr, Is Being Bilingual a Good Thing?: Research indicates that kids who speak only one language often have a wider vocabulary at the outset and are able to recall words a little faster, but evidence also shows that many bilingual kids catch up later on.

And being bilingual can help later in life. According to the chart, a study showed that dementia occurs later among people who speak more than one language.

It also helps in the workplace. Bilingual people have slightly higher average wages and the number of translator/interpreter jobs is expected to increase significantly in the next few years.

Still, fewer than 1 in 5 Americans speak anything other than English. That’s very different than in Europe where more than half of Europeans speak at least two languages.

Are you bilingual? Do you think it helps?