Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Are Bilingual People Smarter?

I just read an interesting article discussing whether or not people who speak 2+ languages are more intelligent.

Apparently, bilingual people are more able to multitask and switch mental tasks (ie. music to math) more easily than others. This is probably because these people train their brains how to rapidly switch communication methods in both words and actions.

So, since Chinese is my 4th language I'm studying, what does that mean? Either I'm super intelligent or just extremely confused. As of right now, I'm leaning towards the latter.

Byron Yee
TEFL English Teacher - Shenzhen, China

1 comment:

  1. post hoc ergo propter hoc ?
    Which comes first, do you think? Someone who trains their brain then becomes able to perform better mentally. Or those who perform better mentally naturally gravitate to learning more than one language.
    -Ibrahima Diop