What the Research Says
Recent studies published by the University of Edinburgh shows that those who are able to speak a second language tend to develop dementia up to 5 years later than monologuists. Additionally, language learning improves our decision making and multi-tasking skills, and heightens our ability to concentrate and communicate.
Why though is language learning so good for the brain?
Well, simply speaking it’s because language learning acts as an incredibly effective workout for the mind…
By employing the ‘desirable difficulties’ of novelty, challenge, and effort, language learning keeps the brain active and leads to measurable cognitive improvements (particularly when compared to less taxing, more familiar activities). That’s to say, the constant juggling between distinct sounds, new words, and unfamiliar concepts acts as an efficient brain work-out, building up higher levels of what is known as ‘cognitive reserve’, leading to a healthy and active mind.
What’s more, the same body of research shows that the stimulating effects of language are not confined to those who learnt their second language in early life, nor those who have mastered their language perfectly. Rather, directed language learning positively effects mental performance and ability after just one week. Therefore, regardless of your age, ability, or diagnosis, the power of language learning can have a positive impact on your life.
We are enthralled and energised by this research at Lingo Flamingo, and it is for these reasons we have developed language classes that are challenging but accessible. Indeed, our colourful array of research-powered classes act as a type of social cognitive therapy, or a “workout for the mind” as we like to call it.
If you’d like to find out more about the research behind us, or the research we contribute to, then contact us here.