|How speaking multiple languages benefits the brain - Mia Nacamulli
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It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain? Mia Nacamulli details the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged.
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This is great! She talked about your brain getting an extra workout when you add more languages. I can really relate to this!! I'm working on my fourth, but I'm running into a difficulty I wonder about, if it's common among multilingual people. I'm finding that my second and third languages feel like they're being buried by the fourth one (the one I'm most focused on now). When I try to speak the 2nd or 3rd, the 4th one asserts itself and keeps wanting to come out!! And this is frustrating b/c in the past I was very fluent in languages 2 and 3. I miss 2 and 3 and want them to just be at the tip of my brain ready to come out, but they're at the back of my "brain closet" or something!! Can anyone in ELL or who is multilingual address this? What would it take to have all 4 languages equally accessible and always at the top of their respective games?