ESSAy - Simakina Sveta Bilingualism Blessing or Curse We live in a cosmopolitan world in which more and more mixed marriages are registered and the

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Simakina Sveta Bilingualism: Blessing or Curse? We live in a cosmopolitan world in which more and more mixed marriages are registered, and the borders between states are erased more and more every year. “Some areas of the world, such as Switzerland and Singapore, are bilingual hot spots where virtually everyone speaks two or more languages”(Ludden). With the process of globalization, it becomes clear that learning the second language enables people not only widen their ‘borders’ by allowing them to describe more of their life, but it also gives them far more opportunities and perspectives on the world. No matter how many people speak against bilingualism, this phenomenon remains global today, and has a beneficial effect both on the cognitive processes of a person and on his involvement in society. To start with, being bilingual enhances your decision-making ability. By switching from one language to another, bilinguals are much better at focusing and performing multiple tasks simultaneously than monolinguals.The bilingual brain uses the so-called “joint activation” process, which provides the necessary words in the corresponding language.(Jones). In addition, bilingualism has a positive effect on the development of memory, intelligence, mathematical skills and logic Studies show that people who speak and actively use two languages have more flexible thinking, higher concentration of attention, more developed general speech abilities, and ability to solve problems (Foy). A bilingual person thinks in an orderly manner, clearly sets goals. Thus, it is easier for bilinguals to cope with planning cases, solving everyday problems, and analyzing difficult situations. Bilingual knowledge helps a person to develop ingenuity and creative thinking.Scientists identify the notion of "executive control” that bilinguals have, thanks to which cognitive skills are well developed
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