I’m a complete and utter language geek. The sound of a foreign language grabs my attention, I swoon over polyglots and the prospect of a long and difficult translation gets me excited. I’m a language junkie.
I am exaggerating …slightly. However, being a language junkie is nothing to be ashamed of: recent studies show that being geeky about grammar is actually good for our health!
After perusing the internet one evening, I found a really great video which discusses how learning and using a second language has positive effects on the brain and in particular the ageing process of our grey matter. Linguists’ brains are denser and more active in certain areas because we’re practising and using that area far more. It can also ward off brain-degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia, by five years.
I’d thought I’d share the video with you below!