Does Learning a New Language Help Improve Memory?

I am a huge advocate of learning new languages.

It’s long been believed that the more languages a person speaks, the better their cognitive abilities will be.

Learning a foreign language will benefit you in so many ways, from improving your knowledge of the world to boosting your social skills.

But what if learning a language was also good for your memory?

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Memory, like any skill, can be improved witha practice and time. While some languages are easier to learn than others, there’s no denying that learning a second language can benefit your memory in ways you may not expect.

If you speak more than one language, you’re probably already aware that learning languages improves memory and cognitive skills. It’s called “brain plasticity.”

Nowadays, we are entrusting our phones with all the things we used to remember on our own, effectively diminishing our memory. It’s called digital amnesia.

One in two people can’t remember their children’s phone number, one in three can’t even remember their partner’s phone number.

How Can You Improve Memory?

How can we train our ability to remember? Learning languages can help the brain improve concentration and aid memory, as explained in the infographic “SOS memory: does learning languages help the brain?” by Babbel, the world’s first language learning app. 

infographic on does learning languages help the brain, and memory

From Plato’s aversion for writing, the culprit of taking away some of our memory, to fun facts about polyglots and the language of space, this infographic will take you on a journey into our ability to remember, and the help that learning one or more languages can provide. 

Short lessons, a new routine and spaced repetition are all useful tips and practices to help one’s memory not only with a new language, but also in all everyday situations, as proven by a Swedish study: Those who take language courses are better at remembering names of the people they just met.  

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