6 Minute English - For the love of foreign languages

Is learning languages good for head, heart and soul?

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Hello, this is 6 Minute English from BBC learning English on male and I'm Rob. Excuse me. Hola como estas. Okay, I think you saying hello in different languages French and then Japanese and Spanish. Is that right low tonight in other languages, but it seems that Robin I and of course you are a global audience here at 6 Minute English good examples of polyglots people who speak more than one language sometimes known as stupid linguist people who speak multiple languages benefit from many advantages as will be hearing in this program. That would probably go sounds familiar Neil doesn't the prefix poly means many. That's right, like polygon a shape with many sides or polymath someone who knows many things and speaking of knowing things. It's time for my

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Quiz question the word polyglot comes from Greek and is made up of two parts poly, which is Rob says means many unglert. But what does Glutton mean? What is the meaning of the word polyglot? Is it a many words? They many sounds or see many tons is 3 syllables in polyglot nail. So I reckon it's been many sounds. Okay, Rob will find out if that's right at the end of the program but leaving aside the origins of the word what exactly does being a polyglot involve british-born polyglot Richard simcott PIX11 languages listen to his definition as he speaks to BBC World Service program the documentary

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A polyglot to me can be anyone who identifies with that swim. It's somebody who learns languages but they don't necessarily need for the lies, but just part of she enjoyment pleasure definition with another language or culture being a polyglot simply means identifying with the idea feeling that you are similar or closely connected to it. He says polyglots learn language is not because they have to but for the sheer enjoyment, which means nothing except enjoyment Richard uses the word share to emphasize how strong and pure the enjoyment it as well as the pleasure of speaking other languages 40 Glocks are also better at communicating with others. My favorite quote by South Africa's first black president Nelson, Mandela is if you took to a man in a language, he understands that goes to his head if you talk to him in his language that goes to his heart.

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How inspiring Rob I'm lost for words. He's another to have another language is to possess a second Soul. So language learning is good for the head heart and soul a person Spirits all the part of them which is believed to continue existing off the death. Yes. And what's more language learning is good for the brain to that's according to neuroscientist Steve Federico. She's researched the effects of speaking multiple languages on the brains of growing children predicted multilingual children would have hyperactive language brains, but what she actually found surprised as she explains here to BBC World service's the documentary

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What we found this is now people who already have Proficiency in multiple languages will be found. It said their language Regents appear to be smaller and that was surprising and if people get better and better more automatic at the storming the task the activation shrink so to speak over time so they become a become so that you don't have to use as much brain tissue to do the task as well. Try to become more efficient.

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Eve was testing children who already have language proficiency the skill and ability to do something such as speak a language that's surprising discovery. Was that the language regions of these children's brains shrinking not because they're speaking skills were getting worse, but the opposite they learn to repeated language patents that brain tissue became more efficient what quicker and more effectively it suggested that this increase efficiency is a result of exposure to different languages. So that proves that Neil speaking many languages is good for the head heart mind and soul. You took the words right out of my mouth and speaking of words. What does the glut in polyglot actually mean with my also correct? That's right in my quiz question. I asked you for the meaning of the word polyglot and I said be many sounds but in fact the correct onto his see many tongues.

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Maybe a polyglot Rob that you know quite a polymath yet. Okay. Well, let me get my brain tissues working by recapping the vocabulary starting with polyglot. Someone who speaks many languages language centers and a polyglots brain efficient. They were quickly and effectively in an organized way proficiency means the skill and ability to do something well and if you identify with something you feel you are similar or closely connected to it polyglots learn languages for the sheer enjoyment of it the word meaning nothing except which is used to emphasize the strength of Feeling So speaking many languages is good for mind and soul a person's non-physical Spirit which some believe to continue after death. That's it for this program, but to discover more about language learning including some useful practical tips, check out the super language series from BBC World Service is the documentary by for now.

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