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Learning a language makes you more tolerant, so why aren't more universities encouraging it?
This article is published in collaboration with The Conversation
Written by Amy Thompson, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of South Florida
There are many benefits
to knowing more than one language. For example, it has been shown that aging adults
who speak more than one language have less likelihood of developing dementia.
Additionally, the bilingual brain
becomes better at filtering out distractions, and learning multiple languages improves creativity
. Evidence also shows that learning subsequent languages
is easier than learning the first foreign language.