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  • maca

    I read a lot on bilingualism a couple of years ago (as any parent should IMO) and from what i’ve read the benefits are pretty well proven worldwide.
    There’s no reason why bilingual kids shouldn’t be pushed that bit harder, they have an increased capacity for understanding in certain subjects.
    One thing that could be done (should be done with all kids anyway) is to start foreign languages earlier, bilingual kids will handle that quite easily.

  • maca

    Now that i’ve had time to get a translation I may as well post it, this is too interesting to lie fade away into the archives.

    Irish speakers more intelligent than monoglots: report

    What many Irish speakers have known for a long time has a scientific basis.
    That is that children who are raised bilingually are more intelligent than those who are raised as monoglots.
    According to a scientific study on the brain that has been done by experts at London University, it appears that there is more ‘grey matter’ in the brain of a person – especially in the region where speech ability resides – who is raised bilingually than there is in a person raised with one language.
    And according to the neurological expert, A. M., the grey matter in the brain increases, the younger the person is when he learns the second language.
    “The better the young person learns the second language, the greater is the increase in grey matter.”
    But if you are older than 35 when you begin learning the second language, it is possible to increase your grey matter also, even though the result will not be so pronounced.
    “It supports the notion that it is better to learn when you are young than later, because the brain has greater ability to make space available for new languages, through instituting structural changes,” said Mr. Machelli.
    Mr. Machelli and his assistants used an imaging system to measure and clarify the brain structure as they tested 25 people who spoke one language, 25 who learned the second language before they were 5 years old, and 33 who learned the second language later in life.
    The study in its entirety is published in the journal Nature and it is planned eventually to continue with the research to examine other aspects of this study.

  • Davros

    I’m with Homer on this one –

    Homer Simpson said: “And how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain. Remember when I took that home winemaking course, and I forgot how to drive?”

  • maca

    Stay away from the tv Davros, it’s doing you no good! ;))

  • Davros

    LOL – I meant to thank you for the translation.
    Much appreciated.

    Another from Homer:

    “Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that’s even remotely true.”

  • maca

    “Ahh, Beer! My one weakness…my Achilles Heel, if you will…”
    “If the Bible has taught us nothing else, and it hasn’t, its that girls should stick to girl’s sports, such as hot oil wrestling foxy boxy and such and such…”

    …one of the great scholars of our time…