Researches have uncovered that bilingualism can sluggish down and mitigate the study course of age-relevant adjustments in the human mind

Researches have found that bilingualism can gradual down and mitigate the course of age-linked changes in the human mind

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Does the effect durectly increases with aditional languages?

How many languages do we need to know to completelly stop or reverse brain aging?

Knowing two languages isn’t as simple as it sounds if you’ve got the frame of reference of one who only knows one language.

You learn that there is a lot of culture and history in the language that differs greatly from yours. For example certain expressions and their origin and also etymology is fascinating, especially if you’re learning two related languages

From my knowledge English and Dutch (Frisian even closer) are incredibly close languages. English and Swedish are very closely related too and their respective ancestor languages were mutually intelligible only 1,000 years ago.

This reflects not just in the words people say but the way they say them and meanings are also different.

This is hard to grasp if you only speak English, but if you fluently speak 2 or more languages you have to change your way of thinking, not just remember the words you want to say.

The cognitive aspect of learning another language to a fluent level is vast.

Most countries will translate books, movies, shows and even songs.
That is a bit of a shame because not only are they missing on the original sentiment of the media, but also the opportunity to improve & develop different languages.

I learnt pretty much everything I know from reading and chatting online, movies and shows.

Also conversation is very important, I had a friend who spoke 5 languages almost perfectly using that technique.

From what I’ve read it seems that North and south america prefer to translate and some have even told me they hate reading subtitles. I guess its a matter of getting used to it.

There’s been a current trend of languages dying out and being replaced by a few dozen major languages.

However, I remember reading something on r/scificoncepts about how space colonisation could cause the number of languages to shoot up. There could be tens of thousands (probably more) space habitats in our solar system and they will have their own culture and turns of phrase which will diverge into a unique language over time. That’s just because of how insular they would be and how often they will be visited by others.

I think by then there will be other ways to decrease brain ageing but at the very least, I belive more people will be multilingual to keep up with all the new languages. Particularly if people become smarter with the help of machines

Aye but the more languages you learn the more struggle to maintain them. I think I will stop at 4, 3 is already giving me trouble

The critical term here is “can”. My dad lived in more than a dozen countries and spoke 7 languages. Still he and 66% of his siblings succumbed to Alzheimer.

Just a reminder that the “Frontiers in…” series are wanna be science. They are listed on as a predatory publishing house, meaning that methods used are not up to standard and although they claim to be “peer reviewed” that is not true: all articles are accepted as long as a fee is paid.

I only briefly skimmed through the paper, but the post title is a bit misleading – or rather, incomplete. Bilingualism is posited as a proxy of cognitive reserve, i.e., it helps preserve cognitive functioning despite atrophy in aging. Bilinguals are seen to perform the same or better than monolinguals on many tasks of executive functioning or activities of daily living despite having *worse* brain health. There are 4 predictions made about cognitive reserve and bilingualism checks all the boxes.

TL;DR Bilingualism does not stop cognitive decline or brain atrophy, but bilinguals perform better than expected at similar levels of neuropathology as monolinguals

I always tell people who are trying to learn a language or those who say things like “he/she should speak English better.” You are not just learning grammar and vocabulary. You are also learning tones, culture, mannerisms, even world views. Its not that easy to be perfectly bilingual or more.

My hypothesis – this probably applies to other activities, where total rewiring of the brain and body is necessary. Like (proper) swimming, which you start forgetting after not swimming for a couple of days.

I would imagine this also extends to computer programming languages.

I believe I’ve read that coding is one of the best activities for your brain because it has both elements of language and art, stimulating both halves and many regions overall.

At what age? I know plenty of children who are fluent in two languages because they were raised in that environment. Explain yo damn clickbait.

Seems like a poor conclusion. This would mean, at the aggregate population level, countries with multiple languages would see lower % of these diseases, and they don’t.

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