Learning languages keeps brain in shape

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MUY BIEN! It seems that our ex-pat children who are learning Spanish as a second language could have sharper brains when they reach retirement age.

A study from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine (USA) found that elderly people who have spoken two languages since childhood are faster at switching from one task to another than those who only know one.

MRI scans revealed that lifelong bilinguals appeared to be using their brains more efficiently as they switched from one language to another, which increased their speed and brain function.

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However, the research team said further study was required to see if learning another language later in life was just as beneficial.

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