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Der Spiegel

Bratwurst und Big Business - Deutschlandbild in den USA

[...] Er: "Woher kommst du denn?" Ich: " Aus Deutschland." Er, strahlend: "Das ist cool! Ich auch! Kannst du den etwas deutsch?"

New York Times

Why Bilinguals are smarter

[...] Speaking two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age. [...]

The bilingual experience appears to influence the brain from infancy to old age (and there is reason to believe that it may also apply to those who learn a second language later in life).


Surprising Advantages Of Bilingual Learners

Did you know that there are more bilingual people in the world than there are monolingual people? According to the Associated Press, 66 percent of the children in the world are raised to speak two languages — but only 6.3 percent of the children in the U.S. are. [...]