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Why bilingualism is best for children

Learning two languages could help us focus—and be more rational

By Miranda France   March 2020
Two languages are better than one: a sign in Ottawa, Canada Source: Flickr

Two languages are better than one: a sign in Ottawa, Canada Source: Flickr

Over half the world’s population speaks at least two languages, but little is known about how bilingualism affects the brain, partly as neurological research was confined for so long to brain damage caused by disease and injury. Developments in neuroimaging enabled wider application and it is now possible to watch live brain activity in healthy people.

In The Bilingual Brain, renowned…

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