Advantage Of Bilingualism

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The topic of this final report is ‘What is bilingualism? Are two languages better than one?’. In one of the previous presentations given by my peers, bilingualism was considered as a blessing for it has cognitive advantages. They argued that the ascendancy of bilingualism in the cognitive aspect outweigh the potential disadvantages they may face. When compared to the monolinguals, although bilinguals may fall between two stools with their relatively limited vocabulary in each language, it was contended that such vocabulary difference is indeed minor and is generally confined to conversational words, the language deficiency in their major language will also be offset eventually for the bilinguals can learn how to translate words into equivalents in their second language (Oller, Pearson & Cobo-Lewis, 2007).

It would seem that their stance of the merits of bilingualism prevail its demerits is appropriate. Their arguments for the cognitive advantages of bilingualism were well-justified. They stated that bilinguals usually do better in multitasking than heir monolingual counterparts, and they are good at attentional control as they are used to be aware of which language should they use in different contexts as well as their choice of words. That is to say that bilinguals are able to slip in and out of both languages smoothly and select the phrases which can most express their thoughts. They further explained that bilinguals can think ore comprehensively, pick things up faster
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