How has learning another language changed you world?

How has learning another language changed you world?

Just as regular exercise gives your body some biological benefits, mentally controlling two or more languages gives your brain cognitive benefits. This mental flexibility pays big dividends especially later in life: the typical signs of cognitive ageing occur later in bilinguals – and the onset of age-related degenerative disorders such as dementia or Alzheimer’s are delayed in bilinguals by up to five years.

The main way that learning a new language changes your thinking is that language is a gateway to culture. Cultures do differ dramatically, even if people are fairly similar on a fundamental level, psychologically speaking. Culture offers a different identity and perspective that tends to be more homogenous within a group of people who all speak the same language.

If you already speak English, you can consider yourself very lucky.

English is often the lingua franca of today’s world, especially in business.

When two foreigners whose native tongues are not English try to communicate, the first thing they will do is default to English, which has become the unofficial second language the world over.

This opens up a lot of doors for native English speakers, but one thing you will quickly realise is that although most people can communicate in English on a rudimentary level, the vast majority of the world’s population doesn’t actually speak it well enough for any meaningful interaction.

If you want to learn another language and become fluent, you may have to change the way you behave in small but sometimes significant ways, specifically how you sort things into categories and what you notice.

Please answer the following questions to help me write a post that I will compile from the responses – I will leave your name anonymous if you wish – the aim is to see if the question, “How has learning another language changed you world?” is true and to what extent.

The first part is a simple choice questionnaire of 3 questions with an open question to answer on the second part.

Additionally, I would love to interview those who are willing to either by Skype or Face-to-face, if you are in and around Toulouse – again, the interview can be anonymous also, if you wish.

Thank you in advance for your responses.

How has learning another language changed you world?

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Welcome to Did you know - Leicester?


1. People say that Leicester's football team has put the city of Leicester on the map, but where is Leicester exactly?

What is the nearest pronunciation of the name of the city?

Apart from football, which other sport is Leicester famous for?

Leicester was in the news in 2015 because a famous person was buried there. Who was it?

What is the correct name of the football team in Leicester?

Which animal is on the emblem of the Leicester football team?

Which instrument is played as the players of the Leicester football team come out onto the pitch at the start of each match?

A wealthy businessman bought the football club in 2011, which country is he from?
9. Did you know - Leicester

Following the buyout, the stadium was renamed from The Walker's Stadium to what new name?

The football team had a new trainer for the 2015 / 2016 season, what is his nationality?

The football team lost how many matches in the 2015 / 2016 Premier League season?

When was the last time the Leicester football team won the Premiership (or as it was formerly known, Division 1)?
13. What were the opening odds given by the bookmakers, for Leicester football team becoming league champions at the beginning of the 2015 / 2016 season?

If you had placed a bet of a fiver on The Leicester Football team winning the League at the beginning of the 2015 / 2016 season, how much would you have won?

In the 2015 / 2016 season, Manchester United's 18-man squad cost £328,5 million. How much did the Leicester football team's 18-man squad cost?

Which Leicester football player was voted 'player's player of the year' in 2016?

Leicester is also top of the league for something else. What is it?
18. How well do you know English accents?

In terms of the Language, what is said to have began in Leicester?

What is the name of the Leicester rugby team?

What large festival is hosted in Leicester every year?

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