Second Language Advantages

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Compared to 56% of Europeans, the United States of America is a largely monolingual country. Only about 15-20% of the U.S. population is bilingual (1). Learning a new language in the U.S. is not usually something that people learn for fun, they most likely would do it because it is a requirement in their schooling. Some people learn their second language as soon as when they begin to learn how to talk. There are many different benefits of learning a second language. One benefit of learning a second language is that it helps with brain functions.
Learning a second language can help people become better at decision making and multitasking. The multitasking comes from having to switch between two different languages, and having to speak and write
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Basically, the second language makes people understand how to manipulate language to help with thinking and problem solving (3). Children who study a foreign language in school often are boosted overall in cognitive development, and they do better on tests and have a better sense of achievement in school. A second language helps students, regardless of their academic level or gender, in their reading skills, as well as other subjects in school. It has also been shown that students who know a second language have better listening skills, memories, and are better at solving problems. Also, from students in elementary to college level classes, those who knew a foreign language performed better on standardized tests than those who do not know a foreign language (6). There are also a lot of advantages for adults that are learning a second language. They, too, have a higher general intelligence, and they are better at planning, prioritizing, and making decisions. They can score higher on standardized reading tests, too, like children who are also learning a second language. They are also better at focusing, concentrating, and paying attention to their surroundings
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