外国語を学ぶことで得られる精神的なメリット

Learning a language has plenty of benefits.

Many students and their parents don’t realise that acquiring a second language will be more than just a means of communicating in another language.

外国語学習のメリット

外国語を学ぶことで、以下の4つのメリットが得られるという研究結果があります。

  1. 学習能力の向上
  2. 日常の仕事や責任をよりよく管理する
  3. 充実したメモリー機能
  4. 相手の気持ちをより深く理解する

学習能力の向上

Learning skills and brain functioning are related. Neurological studies have shown that the brains of children who have acquired or are acquiring a second language are actually larger in size than those of other children. The density of grey matter (brain) of the left brain of bilingual children is greater. What does this mean? This part of the brain is responsible for processing information and controlling aspects of sensory perception, memory, and speech. It seems that the brain can grow when needed!

日常のタスクや責任をより良く管理する

Bilingual children score higher on tests that involve creative thinking or problem-solving. The ability to translate abstract concepts from one language to another seems to also develop the skill of looking at problems in more than one way.

充実したメモリー機能

It is not surprising that the vocabulary size is doubled for many second language learners. They acquire vocabulary in the same amount in each of their languages—their first and second. However, the vocabulary of monolingual children is confined to their one and only language.

相手の気持ちをより深く理解する

他人の気持ちをより深く理解する能力は、「共感」とも呼ばれています。バイリンガルであることは、自分の言語と他人の言語を一致させることを必要とします。また、社会的知性のレベルも上がります。その結果、多くのバイリンガルは、より社会的な意識を持つようになります。現実を見る方法は一つではないことを学びます。複雑な社会的関係や環境をナビゲートし、交渉する」ことができるようになるのです。

Finally, and most importantly, because bilingual children acquire a greater capacity to sense the emotional state of other people, they become more sensitive to the importance of congeniality among family relationships, for example. Many become advocates of neighbourliness and peace at both community and societal levels.

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