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Being bilingual has profound effect

Oklahoman Published: August 24, 2014
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Reading “Language debate one of many issues dividing Americans” (Our Views, Aug. 18) led me to recall an article I read in the March 17, 2012, issue of the New York Times Sunday Review titled “Why Bilinguals are Smarter.” The article begins, “Speaking two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.”

Other sources of research confirm this belief and your readers should be exposed to this research. Stamping out ignorance is a worthwhile endeavor no matter where it exists, even in Oklahoma.

Dillard Jenkins, Grand Junction, Colo.


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