Today, more than half of the world’s population is either bilingual or multilingual. The rise of bilingualism not only facilitates cross-cultural communication, but this trend also positively impacts cognitive abilities.
A bilingual person is better acquainted with environmental changes, attention to detail, impulse control, and many other aspects of life that require patience and focus.
When hearing a word, a person does not hear the entire word at once: the sounds arrive in sequential order. Before the word is finished the brain’s language system begins to guess what the word might be. For bilingual people this process is not limited to a single language, auditory input activates corresponding words regardless of the language to which they belong. This is known as language co-activation.
Having to deal with language co-activation can result in language difficulties such as an increase in tip-of-the-tongue states (when you’re unable to fully conjure a word and only remember certain aspects of the word). Therefore, the juggling of two languages creates a need to control how much a person accesses a language at any given time. To maintain balance the bilingual brain relies on a regulatory system of cognitive abilities that include processes such as attention and inhibition.
It is also important to note that the cognitive benefits of bilingualism are not exclusive to people that were raised bilingually, they are also evident in people who learn a second language later in life.
Beyond these cognitive and neurological advantages, there are also many social benefits of bilingualism. Including the ability to explore a culture through its native tongue and the ability to talk to people whom you might have never been able to speak to.
The Congress Rental SA team commends the bilingual individuals of the globe and within our team! We offer multiple services that include the need for bilingualism or multilingualism including Remote Simultaneous Interpretation, Translations, and Simultaneous Interpretation.