Sunday, May 07, 2017
The Bilingue Bounty
Probably no one deserves more credit for putting Canada on the bilingual path than Pierre Trudeau. Many of my generation achieved high school French and little more. Both of my kids, however, attended French immersion elementary schools and they're still fluent. My eldest worked for a few years in Quebec. My youngest works for a software giant in Dublin and regularly uses her French fluency in E.U. dealings.
While the emphasis on bilingualism seems to have waned somewhat over the past decade or so, new evidence shows that it carries some significant advantages we might not have expected.
Research has found that people who are bi- or multi-lingual experience time differently according to the language they're thinking in in any given situation. They also found that bilinguals are more "flexible thinkers," enjoy learning advantages and also have better mental well-being.