New Study says Learning Languages and Improving Your English Makes You Smarter

Learning a new language is not only fun and extremely beneficial for your future. It significantly alters your brain both structurally and functionally. A new study from Penn State University confirms that "learning and practicing [...] a second language, strengthens your brain" and functions "like physical exercise, the more you use specific areas of your brain, the more it grows and gets stronger." Thus, learning and improving your English language proficiency and/or practicing a language like German will make you smarter and improve your memory.

One of the researchers even added that "the brain is much more plastic than we thought. We can still see anatomical changes in the brain [in the elderly], which is very encouraging news for aging. And learning a new language can help lead to more graceful aging." This further confirms the findings of other related studies that learning a language is the only scientifically proven method to improve your brain function and memory.

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Quoted from: Penn State. "Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young, old." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 12 November 2014. .

Marike Korn