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Medical News for English Learners – Program 13

Are People Who Speak More than One Language Smarter?

Scientists state that bilingual people practice the Executive Control System in their brains so much, that they’re better able to focus, make friends from other countries, and even delay dementia development by years. What do you think? Are people who speak more than one language smarter?

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    English Vocabulary:

    BILINGUAL
    a person who speaks two languages fluently
    using or knowing two languages; “bilingual education” multilingual

    LANGUAGE

    the mental faculty or power of vocal communication; “language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals”
    a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols; “he taught foreign languages”; “the language introduced is standard throughout the text”; “the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it
    the cognitive processes involved in producing and understanding linguistic communication; “he didn”t have the language to express his feelings”
    a system of words used in a particular discipline; “legal terminology”; “the language of sociology”
    the text of a popular song or musical-comedy number; “his compositions always started with the lyrics”; “he wrote both words and music”; “the song uses colloquial language”
    (language) communication by word of mouth; “his speech was garbled”; “he uttered harsh language”; “he recorded the spoken language of the streets”

    FOCUS
    maximum clarity or distinctness of an image rendered by an optical system; “in focus”; “out of focus”
    become focussed or come into focus; “The light focused”
    put (an image) into focus; “Please focus the image; we cannot enjoy the movie”
    cause to converge on or toward a central point; “Focus the light on this image”
    a central point or locus of an infection in an organism; “the focus of infection”
    a point of convergence of light (or other radiation) or a point from which it diverges
    a fixed reference point on the concave side of a conic section
    the concentration of attention or energy on something; “the focus of activity shifted to molecular biology”; “he had no direction in his life”
    maximum clarity or distinctness of an idea; “the controversy brought clearly into focus an important difference of opinion”
    direct one”s attention on something; “Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies”
    special emphasis attached to something; “the stress was more on accuracy than on speed”
    bring into focus or alignment; to converge or cause to converge; of ideas or emotions

    DEMENTIA
    mental deterioration of organic or functional origin

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