There are number of strong cognitive benefits for bilingual speakers. For example, speaking two languages means the brain develops denser grey matter, improves children’s test scores, and affords higher salaries across a large number of professions.
Speaking two languages also improves memory functions, from vocabulary memorization to overall memorization of lists and sequences, as well as improving communication skills, critical thinking, and decision-making abilities.
In the workforce, bilingual speakers can earn averages of between six and 30,000 dollars over their monolingual counterparts.
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