Antonella Sorace in Corriere della sera

Italian language interview about the benefits of being multilingual

The experts’ guide to how to live longer

Dr Thomas Bak contributed to an article in the Guardian on how to live longer, outlining his recent research findings on how speaking another language could delay the onset of dementia symptoms by 4 years.

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Naked Scientists: does bilingualism affect a baby’s development?

magnetic letters on fridgeEvery week, the Naked Scientists get world-leading experts to answer a question from the general public. This week, Esther asked a question close to all our hearts: will raising her daughter as bilingual delay her development?

As Professor Antonella Sorace from Bilingualism Matters explained, the research suggests that speaking two languages will help, rather than hinder, a child’s development.

“Bilingual children tend to pick up other languages more quickly, and learn to read earlier than monolingual children”, says professor Sorace. But it’s not all about academic achievement.

“Bilingual children also find it easier to appreciate that other people have different perspectives and different points of view” – in other words, bringing up your child bilingual may help them become a better and more tolerant citizen in today’s multicultural society.

The bottom line? Don’t be scared of bilingualism. It’s a great opportunity for your child, one they will thank you for in the long term.

You can listen to the interview with Professor Sorace, or read the transcript, by paying the Naked Scientists a visit:
Naked Scientists: Bilingual Babies


Financial Times explores the Multilingual Dividend


This week in the Financial Times, Andrew Hill talks to Professor Antonella Sorace about the importance of languages in business.

Bilingualism Matters recently partnered the Financial Times in setting up a roundtable discussion on this topic. Many companies value the practical language skills of multilingual employees – need someone to respond to a customer complaint in German? Check! Need to show round a group of visiting delegates from China? Check! What many business leaders are less aware of, however, is the cognitive benefits of speaking more than one language.

For example, research by Professor Sorace, amongst others, suggests that people who can communicate in more than one language are better at paying attention to a particular task, are more adaptable and better able to take on board the perspectives of other people.

The key here is that bilingualism is about communication, rather than perfect fluency. You don’t have to have spoken a language from birth in order for it to be a valuable business asset. Simply the fact that you are able to use a second language, no matter when you learnt it, will bring you huge advantages in the business world.

You can read the full article on the Financial times website Financial Times: The Multilingual Dividend