How does the brain work when you’re bilingual?
To be bilinguala cerebral “improver” Learning a language calls upon two specific cerebral areas in our brain : Wernicke’s area, which makes it possible to understand languages, and Broca’s area, which makes it possible to express oneself orally.
During learning, the brain performs several steps: encoding, during which memory traces are formed; the consolidation, or storage of this information; recovery, at the time of recall and recognition of memory traces.
We talked about it in an article on genetics and learning a foreign language, the brain activates two main areas. Broca’s area which manages the production of language and its expression.
Brain size increases when learning a new language. According to a Swedish study, the brain grows at high speed when a language is learned intensively. Also, some sounds are not distinguished in the same way from one language to another. The Japanese don’t know the difference between the “r” and the “l”.
Learning a language would have a beneficial impact on our brain health. And this regardless of the age at which you start. This is confirmed by a new study published in the Journal of Neurolinguistics by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.