Just found an article about how Juggling Languages Can Build Better Brains
Recent research indicates that bilingual speakers can outperform monolinguals–people who speak only one language–in certain mental abilities, such as editing out irrelevant information and focusing on important information, said Judith Kroll, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Penn State. These skills make bilinguals better at prioritizing tasks and working on multiple projects at one time.
I’ve been meaning to brush up on my languages – I had tried to learn Spanish, years ago, but I couldn’t handle the classroom environment. I also need to learn French, since I work with a lot of French speakers and I would like to travel to Quebec this year.
I’ve been reluctant to “take on too much”, but what’s to keep me from learning just some basic travel language? Nothing, really. I don’t need to know how to debate Kant and Spinoza, just get around and interact with people.
So, it looks like this is my next project.