Through the Education Lens

"Why It's Smart to be Bi-Lingual" - the brain's new super-food?

CJ Westerberg, August 6, 2011 10:40 AM


Update from Newsweek:

Bilingualism, of course, can be a leg up for college admission and a resume burnisher. But a growing body of research now offers a further rationale: the regular, high-level use of more than one language may actually improve early brain development. 

According to several different studies, command of two or more languages bolsters the ability to focus in the face of distraction, decide between competing alternatives, and disregard irrelevant information. These essential skills are grouped together, known in brain terms as "executive function." The research suggests they develop ahead of time in bilingual children, and are already evident in kids as young as 3 or 4.

What if more students saw Mila, Bradley, Gwyneth & Justin Bieber
speaking a foreign language . . . . . . And having so much fun doing it?

Videos Below

You Tube Video #1 -

Actor Bradley Cooper (the Hangover, Limitless) is a wow in this French interview.
Who knew?

You Tube Video #2 -

"Mila Kunis chews out a Russian reporter - in Russian! During a press conference in Moscow to promote their latest R-rated comedy "Friends with Benefits", Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis encountered one Russian reporter who had a very pointed question for the Sexy Back singer-turned-actor, and one that seemed to infuriate Kunis." - You tube

From The Daily Beast:

"To watch Mila Kunis onscreen, it's easy to forget that English wasn't her first language. In fact, the Ukrainian-born actress says she didn't speak a word of it until her family moved to the United States when she was 7."

To see full story and more videos - Gwyneth Paltrow (Spanish), Colin Firth (Italian) , Sandra Bullock (German), Natalie Portman (Hebrew), Justin Bieber (French), Kobe Bryant (Italian) andJon Heder (Japanese) - see The Daily Beast.

  • When somebody tells you nothing is impossible, ask him to dribble a football!

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