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QW 031912 “Benefits of Bilingualism…?”

The following article talks about hopeful research findings for English learners all over the world: Why Bilinguals Are Smarter

The gist of the article is that, quote, “being a bilingual can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.” (dementia; a usually progressive condition, as Alzheimer's disease, marked by deteriorated cognitive functioning often with emotional apathy)

Not being a bilingual but being a functioning English speaker as a second language, I’m more than happy to have learned from the article that, quote, “individuals with a higher degree of bilingualism were more resistant than others to the onset of dementia and other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease: the higher the degree of bilingualism, the later the age of onset.”

While having such hopeful news on the one hand, I’ve been under a constant threat to lose my English language ability when I grow older on the other hand. It’s more than likely that I can maintain the current proficiency until the age of 60 or so, but I have absolutely no idea about what will happen to my English ability or motivation in learning English after the age of 70 or 80. Nobody knows what will happen even tomorrow, but that being all said, it makes me so sad to imagine that I gradually lose the ability, motivation, passion to learn English. Nobody knows how it feels like to lose such devotion toward what you’ve been so enthusiastic about. I’ll figure it out in 30 or 40 years from now anyway. Until then, I’ll enjoy paving my path.

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