The old year was beautiful. A neighbor in Ecuador.
Welcome to the new. A younger neighbor in Ecuador.
How great it is to know that there are ways to help both the young and old… be smarter.
Here is a secret to start the new year in a smarter way and enjoy Ecuador more. Become bilingual. This helps us use our brain in a better way whether young or old.
An NPR.org article entitled” “New Study Shows Brain Benefits Of Bilingualism” by Barbara J. King shows how bilingualism helps us as we age. Here is an excerpt: What exactly is it about the ability to speak in two languages that seems to provide this protective effect?
The constant need in a bilingual person to selectively activate one language and suppress the other is thought to lead to a better development of executive functions and attentional tasks with cognitive advantages being best documented in attentional control, inhibition, and conflict resolution.
Intriguingly, when a patient speaks three (or more) languages, no extra benefits accrue neurologically. Speaking a single language beyond one’s native tongue is enough to do the trick.
Being bilingual opens up new worlds of global connection and understanding, and almost certainly allows some degree of flexibility in personal expression, too.
Now we know, more concretely and convincingly than before, that there’s a brain benefit to bilingualism, too.
Another study shows that bilingualism helps the youth.
The abstract for the research paper “Ambiguous benefits: the effect of bilingualism on reversing ambiguous” figures by Ellen Bialystok and Dana Shapero says: Two studies are reported in which monolingual and bilingual children, approximately 6 years old, attempted to identify the alternative image in a reversible figure. In both studies, bilingual children were more successful than monolinguals in seeing the other meaning in the images. In the first study, there was no relation between the ability to reverse the interpretation and performance on the children’s embedded figures task, a task that superficially appeared to involve similar processes. The second study replicated this finding but showed that performance was strongly related to success in the post-switch phase of the dimensional change card sort task. In both cases, the meaning of an image must be reassigned, and bilinguals were better in both these tasks.
We have the gift of a new year ahead of us. Let’s celebrate this tonight. Tomorrow one way to begin a better year is to learn a new language.
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Was Ernest Hemingway’s secret to better writing in English or Spanish?
Hemingway with Friends at La Florida (“Floridita”), Havana, Cuba.
To get a Nobel Prize in literature… you have to be willing to go the extra mile (1). In Hemingway’s case perhaps he went further… 104.91 miles to be exact from Key West to Havana. There may have been many reasons why Hemingway liked Cuba but he already had access to them in Key West. Why go the extra 104.91 miles to Cuba?
See Ernest Hemingway speaking Spanish below.
Perhaps Ernest Hemingway knew that speaking a second language makes you smarter. Perhaps he realized that he could think and write better in English when one learns Spanish. In 1939 he moved to Cuba and wrote “For Whom the Bell Tolls” which became a Book-of-the-Month Club choice. The book sold half a million copies almost instantly, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and cemented Hemingway’s reputation as one of the great writers in the English language… at a time when he was speaking two languages.
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You might ask… “What the heck does Spanish have to do with writing and self publishing?”
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When I figured this out, my first thought was… “Why not help readers learn writing AND Spanish?” There and then was a two for one deal.
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Still you ask… “Why Spanish for writing and self publishing?”
Spanish is the second most spoken romantic language. Chances are a huge Spanish speaking population lives near you. Speaking Spanish can be helpful in innumerable ways just from this fact.
There is more. Learning a second language makes you smarter and healthier.
Image from Telegraph article “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism”. (2)
The Telegraph article (linked below) entitled “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism says (bolds are mine): Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for travelling. It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English, says Anne Merritt.
Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.
You can read the entire article at the link below but to sum it up it shows seven ways that learning a second language improves your intellect and health:
* You build multitasking skills
* You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia
* Your memory improves
* You become more perceptive
* You become smarter
* Your decision-making skills improve
* You improve your English
A better command of English… used by a smarter, more perceptive person who can remember details and multi task, creates a better writer.
With this. I rest Hemingway’s case.
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July 18-19-20 Super Thinking + Spanish, West Jefferson, North Carolina. (Normally $899.)
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