The Cognitive Benefits of Multilingualism

It has been known for years that learning a second, third, or fourth language can have outstanding cognitive, social, and financial benefits.  As researchers learn about the impact of learning additional languages, we can only accept the fact that learning languages should not just be seen as a hobby or necessary skill for work, but as a cognitive exercise that will have a lasting positive effect on how we operate on a day to day basis.

"Multilingualism has a whole slew of incredible side effects: Multi-linguals tend to score better on standardized tests, especially in math, reading, and vocabulary; they are better at remembering lists or sequences, likely from learning grammatical rules and vocabulary; they are more perceptive to their surroundings and therefore better at focusing in on important information while weeding out misleading information (it’s no surprise Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot are skilled polyglots). "