Does being bilingual make you smarter?
Language teacher and researcher Miguel Angel Muñoz explains the latest research on how being bilingual affects your brain, ahead of a British Council seminar in Cardiff on whether learning a foreign language makes you smarter. You can watch the live-streamed seminar Opens in a new tab or window. on Tuesday, 3 June. More than half the world's population uses two or more languages every day It is hard to estimate the exact number of bilingual people in the world, as there is a lack of reliable statistics Opens in a new tab or window.. But in 2012, a Eurobarometer survey Opens in a new tab or window. established that 'just over half of Europeans (54%)' are bilingual, and other studies Opens in a new tab or window. hypothesise that more than half of the world’s population is bilingual. So what about you? Being bilingual isn't black-and-white To answer that question, first we need to establish what being bilingual means. What are the costs of being bilingual? Don’t worry. 1. 2. 3.