[box] This is a guest post by technovate, a user of MyBlogGuest. I saw this infographic and wanted to share it with my Reeders. As a lover of language, it really peaked my interest to see Monolingual versus Bilingual broken down with images. Thank you for allowing me to share technovate! Enjoy![/box]
Brain scientists and cognitive psychologists agree that being able to speak more than one language can be a great benefit to everyday life. Statistics show that bilingual persons make more money over the course of their career and are less likely to develop deteriorating brain diseases. But when is it better to speak two languages compared to one?
As A Child
Since the rates of bilingualism and monolingualism are about the same, it is possible to compare them directly. Bilingual children have proven to be better at studying and focusing on a specific task. As a student enters into college, they have a fifty-fifty chance of requiring a foreign language study to graduate, compared with over seventy-five percent of EU students.
Monolingual speakers tend to have a much stronger vocabulary and can faster retrieve words. Bilinguals, by comparison, are better capable of learning new rules, but rarely have the same strong word usage. There are no benefits known to monolingualism, though bilinguals are found to be better at problem solving and planning — better still, they offset the delay of dementia by an average of four years. A bilingual person gets about three percent more money in their salary than a monolingual worker.
Infographic by Technovate Translations