Do you speak (insert language)? The benefits of multilingualism

If you, like us, are a proud multilingual, you know how awesome it is to be able to switch from one language to another at the drop of a hat. And you’re probably familiar with that feeling of pride when you can talk to the locals while on vacation. But did you know that speaking more than one language is not only practical, but also good for you?

Maybe you don’t yet have command of a foreign language, but have always wanted to learn. And you’ve always wished you paid more attention during your high school Spanish classes. But you’re not sure if it’s worth the effort? Well, hopefully after listening to this week’s episode, we’ll have convinced you to take the plunge.

This week we discuss the many benefits of being multilingual. It’s not only beneficial for your career and social life, but it also brings with it cognitive and even economic benefits. Have we piqued your interest?

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