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Bilingual Kids Are Way Better At Thinking Outside The Rules

Co.exist – Charlie Sorrel

“Toddlers that are learning two languages are also learning another skill: how to look at problems in creative new ways. If they have experience switching between languages, then they’ll be even better. The key, says a new study, is this switching. Both bilingual and monolingual kids were studied at 24 months, and then again, seven months later, to asses their vocabularies. On the second occasion, the toddlers were also tested for a variety of factors. In general, there were few differences between the bilingual and monolingual kids, but in one area—conflict inhibition—the bilingual kids performed a lot better. Conflict inhibition is, in this case, the ability to disregard the rules you have learned.”(more)