Sign up for our newsletter and get a curated list of the top trending stories and exclusive rewards every day.

Trending Topics

Get the MTL Blog app

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play
Being Bilingual In Quebec Is Very Very Good For Your Brain

Photo cred - Shannon Lark

A new study conducted by researchers at England's Anglia Ruskin University has pretty much reconfirmed what everyone in Montreal already knows: being bilingual basically makes you a better person. In this instance, the study has found that bilingualism makes your brain more "fit" and better able to cut through distractions while accomplishing a task.

Grouping together a large number of students, half of whom spoke different languages along with English with the other half being strictly Anglophones, the study forced the participants to answer answer questions while being distracted by audio clips spoken in Greek and English. In both instances, the bilingual participants performed better then their monolingual counterparts.

To explain the findings the researchers agreed upon a commonly held theory, that bilingualism constantly puts your brain in a state of "mental exercise" that positively benefits thought processes. The constant act of thinking in two languages, forcing one to choose between different words, sentence structures, and expressions, makes a bilingual brain better able to suppress and block out distractions, thus making cognitive processes more efficient.

So, in a noisy room/public space with tons of people yammering away, a bilingual person would be better equipped to focus and not be bothered, without any adverse effects on their mental performance. Add this to the already large pile of reasons why speaking two languages is a good thing, in Montreal and everywhere else.

Looking for more? Click here for 10 Reasons Why Being Bilingual Is Better For Your Brain >

For more on all things amazing, follow Michael on Twitter @MDAlimonte


More from MTL Blog

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.