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What being bilingual does to your brain

A new study has found the brain development of children raised bilingual is significantly different from children raised monolingual.

During study trials bilingual children showed more activity in areas of the brain related to 'executive functions', which governs tasks such as problem-solving and shifting attention. The study suggests that being bilingual not only shapes language development, but also cognitive development.

According to Ms. Ferjan Ramirez, one of the leading researchers of the study, a babies brain 'is learning whatever language or languages are present in the enforcement and is equally capable of learning two languages as it is of learning one language.'

An interesting conclusion the article brings: children are able to learn multiple languages from a very young age and early childhood is the optimum time to begin with bilingual education.

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