According to a new study by researchers from UK and India the practice of speaking two languages could also help protect the brain in the event of a stroke.
In a study conducted on 600 patients in the city of Hyderabad, India, where multiple languages are commonly spoken it was found that those who spoke more than one language had double the chance of recovering from the condition than those who were monolingual.
Cognitive functions such as attention, memory and visuospatial skills were examined and variables such as smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, and age, were also taken into account and it was revealed that 40% of the bilingual subjects recovered their normal cognitive function following a stroke, as compared to 20% of the monolingual patients.
There are endless benefits of being bilingual. It helps develop linguistic and social skills that come from switching between multiple languages and culture.
It can also have an impact on our cognitive abilities.