Being Bilingual

Neha Shah
Neha Shah
Neha Shah is from India, and studying at Durham College. She's enjoying Canada and shares her experience on her blog.

How important is it to learn a foreign language? Is it just confined to making your CV stronger or travelling?  In reality, being bilingual has more to offer.


Memory Strengthening:

Having a new language improves overall memory. Such people are better at remembering things. Research says bilingual people have several mental benefits over single language speakers. It is a myth that a foreign language can be picked up only at a young age. On the contrary, it can be comprehended at any stage of life.

Improves English:

It is believed that all languages are somewhere or the other connected! This holds true when you learn a foreign language, for instance, French! The script used is English and one tends to focus on grammar, conjunctions and sentence formations! Thus you not only get better at new language but also sharpen your skills at English.

In a nutshell, bilingualism helps you to become more perceptive and aids better decision making. Canada truly is multilingual with French being its second language. Having been in Canada for 6 months, I do realise how handy it is to know French.


It is best to embrace and learn it! Whether you use the bus services or the website both languages are used concomitantly. There are a lot of private institutes operating on weekdays and weekends. So team up with a buddy and ‘Apprendre Francais’ (Learn French).


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