Sharpen Your Mind and Delay Decline: How Learning a Language Can Be Your Brain’s Best Friend


Research increasingly shows that developing new lifestyle choices can promote brain health and potentially delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. While they are complex medical conditions with no guaranteed cures, studies have shown that bilinguals exhibited a delay in the onset of dementia by an average of 4.5 years.

The Bilingual Advantage:
Studies have consistently shown that bilingual individuals tend to develop dementia later in life compared to their monolingual counterparts. A 2021 study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that bilinguals exhibited a delay in the onset of dementia by an average of 4.5 years. This remarkable finding suggests that speaking multiple languages may offer a form of “cognitive reserve,” essentially making the brain more resilient to the neuropathological changes associated with dementia.

Brainpower Boost:
The process of learning a new language is a mental workout that engages various cognitive domains. Juggling grammar rules, vocabulary, and pronunciation demands focus, attention, and memory, all of which are crucial for overall cognitive health. As you navigate the complexities of a new language, your brain forms new neural pathways, strengthens existing connections, and enhances its ability to multitask and switch between different mental processes.

Beyond Vocabulary:
The benefits of language learning extend far beyond simply memorizing words and phrases. Studies have shown that bilingual individuals exhibit improved performance in tasks involving executive function, attention control, and problem-solving. They also tend to be more adept at multitasking and switching between different tasks efficiently. These cognitive skills are not only essential for daily life but also play a crucial role in maintaining mental agility and cognitive resilience as we age.

The Joy of Discovery:
Learning a new language is not just about cognitive benefits; it’s also a rewarding and enriching experience that can bring joy, cultural awareness, and a sense of accomplishment. Immersing yourself in a new language opens doors to new cultures, perspectives, and ways of thinking. It allows you to connect with people from different backgrounds and broaden your understanding of the world. The sense of satisfaction and achievement gained from mastering a new language can further enhance your mood and overall well-being, which are essential factors for cognitive health.

Getting Started:
The good news is that it’s never too late to reap the cognitive benefits of language learning. Regardless of your age or prior language experience, there are numerous resources available to help you embark on this enriching journey. Language learning apps, online courses, local community classes, and even language exchange programs offer flexible and engaging ways to learn a new language at your own pace.

Remember:

  • Consistency is key: Dedicate regular time to language learning, even if it’s just for short periods each day.
  • Find your learning style: Explore different methods and resources to find what works best for you.
  • Embrace the challenge: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes; view them as opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Make it fun: Choose a language that interests you and find ways to incorporate it into your daily life.

By embracing the challenge of learning a new language, you’re not just expanding your communication skills; you’re also investing in your brain health and potentially delaying the onset of age-related cognitive decline. 

Remember, your brain is a lifelong learner, and it’s never too late to give it the gift of a new language. To find out more about our online, custom and personal Spanish language lessons click here for more information.

The Most Mispronounced Places in the World


Because we are a language education company, we always pay attention to correct pronunciation. It’s not always easy though. This list shows the most searched places in the world for correct pronunciation. You’ll be surprised at some of them – we were!

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  1. Cannes, France
    Correct pronunciation: KAN or KAN-uh
    Incorrect: CON or CONZ or CON-es
  2. River Thames, London, England
    Correct pronunciation: TEMZ
    Incorrect: THAYMZ
  3. Yosemite National Park, USA
    Correct pronunciation: yoh-SEH-muh-dee or yoh-SEH-muh-tee
    Incorrect: yoh-SEH-mi-nee or YOH-se-might
  4. Louvre Museum, Paris, France
    Correct pronunciation: LOO-vruh
    Incorrect: LOOV or LOO-vray or LOO-vraa or LOO-ver
  5. Versailles, France
    Correct pronunciation: vair-SIGH
    Incorrect: ver-SALES or ver-SAY-les
  6. Seychelles, East Africa
    Correct pronunciation: SAY-shellz
    Incorrect: say-CHE-les
  7. Ibiza, Spain
    Correct pronunciation: ee-BEE-tha
    Incorrect: ih-BEE-za or eye-BEE-tha or ee-BEE-za
  8. Phuket, Thailand
    Correct pronunciation: poo-KET
    Incorrect: FUE-ket or fue-KET or FUH-ket
  9. Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda
    Correct pronunciation: an-TEE-guh
    Incorrect: an-TEE-gwah
  10. Dubai, UAE
    Correct pronunciation: doo-BAY
    Incorrect: doo-BYE
  11. Oaxaca, Mexico
    Correct pronunciation: wah-HAH-kah
    Incorrect: OAK-suh-kuh or oh-AX-uh-cuh
  12. Maldives
    Correct pronunciation: MULL-deevz
    Incorrect: mal-DIVES or MAL-deevz or MOLE-deevz
  13. Laos
    Correct pronunciation: LOUSE (like “blouse”) or LOU (like “loud”)
    Incorrect: LAY-os or LA-ose or LOSS
  14. Beijing, China
    Correct pronunciation: bay-JING
    Incorrect: beige-ING
  15. Seoul, South Korea
    Correct pronunciation: SUH-ool or SOLE
    Incorrect: SEE-ole or see-ULE
  16. Reykjavik, Iceland
    Correct pronunciation: RAKE-yah-veek
    Incorrect: RAKE-juh-vick
  17. Worcester, England (or Massachusets!)
    Correct pronunciation: WUSS-tuh or WUSS-ter
    Incorrect: WAR-chest-er or WAR-cess-ter
  18. Budapest, Hungary
    Correct pronunciation: boo-da-PESHT
    Incorrect: boo-da-PEST or BOO-da-pest
  19. Qatar
    Correct pronunciation: KUH-ter
    Incorrect: kuh-TAAR or KAT-aar
  20. Edinburgh, Scotland
    Correct pronunciation: ED-in-bruh or ED-in-bur-uh
    Incorrect: ED-in-berg or ED-in-buh-row or EED-in-berg

Google celebra a la letra Ñ/Google celebrates the letter Ñ


Por primera vez en la historia, los dominios web de toda España podrán incluir la letra Ñ, un bastión de la lengua española.

Onomatopéyica y soñadora, la letra Ñ es el grafema número 25 del alfabeto arábigo. A diferencia de la creencia popular, el sonido no es exclusivo del idioma español. Por el contrario, también se emplea en el guaraní, chamorro y quechua, así como otras lenguas nativas de Europa. Hoy, Google la celebra como parte de la riqueza lingüística del mundo.

¿De dónde viene el gorrito de la letra Ñ?

Al día de hoy, según El País, se tiene registro de más de 15 mil 700 palabras que contienen a la letra Ñ en su constitución. A pesar de que otros idiomas utilizan el fonema /eñe/ para expresar ciertos términos, el símbolo de la Ñ sólo se usa en el español.

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Google celebrates the letter Ñ

For the first time in history, web domains throughout Spain will be able to include the letter Ñ, a bastion of the Spanish language.

Onomatopoeic and dreamy, the letter Ñ is the grapheme number 25 of the Arabic alphabet. Contrary to popular belief, the sound is not unique to the Spanish language. On the contrary, it is also used in Guaraní, Chamorro and Quechua, as well as other native languages ​​of Europe. Today, Google celebrates it as part of the world’s linguistic wealth.

Where does the hat with the letter Ñ come from?

As of today, according to El País, there is a record of more than 15,700 words that contain the letter Ñ in its constitution. Although other languages ​​use the phoneme / eñe / to express certain terms, the symbol for Ñ is only used in Spanish.

Read more in Spanish HERE