Bilingual Brains are Better

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Being bilingual can drastically alter your life… and we don’t just mean being able to order from a menu when visiting a foreign country! Trace has the details.

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38 comments

Aren Sama May 9, 2018 - 7:43 PM

I'm turning to trilingual

Anders Axmark May 13, 2018 - 4:27 AM

I’d like to see the original studies cited here. Trace kept saying “bilingual,” but I think he was talking about having a degree of fluency in more than one language. Actual bilingualism is quite rare, even among polyglots, but many people have some degree of fluency in more than one language. Could someone add the citations please?

Saosis Kissaki May 26, 2018 - 10:38 PM

I am bilingual but I am also half psychopath because I do not pick up emotions from my second language.

Satan June 1, 2018 - 3:31 AM

explain why im dumb af then

silver fire June 3, 2018 - 7:23 AM

Pode. It means whatever I want it to, for example, your face is a pode

Ritam Sarkar June 18, 2018 - 3:58 PM

I can speak in 4 languages.

Vasya Pupkin June 21, 2018 - 3:05 AM

Я БУДУ ЖИТЬ ВЕЧНО!

raph009 June 24, 2018 - 5:40 AM

French-Canadians sometimes use the word "botcher" when they do something quickly and without care when they should actually take the time to do it well.

Silas Krummen July 10, 2018 - 8:39 AM

Well japanese people have a word for loving someone for everyone… Like their brother. Turns out they also have words for people the are in a sexual relationship with……like their brother.

LordArioh August 21, 2018 - 9:44 AM

12 languages here. Superior brains. )

Aaditya Ranjan September 3, 2018 - 8:58 AM

I'm a bilingual – HINDI and ENGLISH

M Inez September 25, 2018 - 11:05 PM

My first language is Portuguese, obviously I speak English, I know just a little bite of Japanese and I'm also learning Italian!

M Inez September 25, 2018 - 11:11 PM

I once created "somfome", from Portuguese "sono" and "fome". It's to express your are hungry and need to sleep.

Liz October 2, 2018 - 12:56 PM

Nakakagigil ako kay Trace. Let me pinch yo cheeks!

Yeon ssi October 3, 2018 - 9:03 PM

I'm fuent in Korean, Russian, German, English and French and currently I am studying Japanese, Chinese, Swedish and Spanish so yeah…. xD

Jonathan Grodsky October 6, 2018 - 1:24 AM

One of my hobbies is learning languages because I learn them very quickly. I speak Hebrew, Russian and English, while learning Arabic, German, Finnish and Esperanto, knowing many other words in other languages. Yay!😂

Francis Baroña October 14, 2018 - 7:13 AM

Im a filipino and i found the word "gigil" so cute.

Patrick Hurley October 26, 2018 - 7:01 AM

I am trilingual

Tim Kilam November 2, 2018 - 7:15 AM

I grew up learning and speaking Urdu, learned Arabic during childhood, then began learning English upon arrival to America at 8, then learned French for four years in grade school, now going back to properly teaching myself Arabic, picking up some basic Farsi…and I want to learn Japanese too, before I die!

Purplisha p November 24, 2018 - 5:55 PM

I am a Filipino and trilingual. English, Filipino and Spanish

Cosmic February 24, 2019 - 8:36 AM

Im bilingual

quadro cuadro April 5, 2019 - 4:40 AM

I mixed up two words to make a word that wern't even possible lol, I mixed up "filmar" (to sign in spanish) and "signer" (to sign in french) so when I said "Mom can you sign me this please" Instead of "filmar" I said "signar" LMAOO. I learned now that its "filmar" (because I speak spanish at home)

Yukti May 1, 2019 - 7:21 PM
tanja gallmetzer June 22, 2019 - 7:05 PM

I can speak Italian, Spanish, German and English fluently.

Sebastián Díaz September 25, 2019 - 12:57 AM

Haha! A few hours longer!! :-)

Mayank Mukesh October 5, 2019 - 6:16 PM

I can actually technically speak 6 languages: English, Hindi (हिन्दी), Gujurati (ગુજરાતી), Arabic (ال اربيا ةِ مُطاهِدا ال مّملاَكثِل), French (les Français), German (die Deutsh)

Aryaman Manish Joshi - Composer March 5, 2020 - 11:54 PM

I'm still in my mom's womb and I speak English, Hindi, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Xhosa, Swahili, German, Dutch, Persian, Arabic, Croatian, Vietnamese and Khmer. Am I normal? Is this too less? I'm scared that I know far too few languages.

Mohamed Aziz Arresse April 21, 2020 - 5:07 AM

i speak Arabic and english fluently and a bit of french, for now i'm seeking to learn spanish

Fiene van Dijk June 21, 2020 - 3:22 AM

A woontrui
(w-own-tr-ou) <- basically
It means a sweater that's só comfortable you want to live in it. My fluff-loving friends out here know what I mean

Reuben Joseph June 25, 2020 - 12:12 AM

Fake word – TRANSPONSTER !!

Brickonenso October 12, 2020 - 12:17 AM

My native language is Arabic, I have been learning and speaking English since kindergarten, I lived in Germany for 3-4 years and became pretty good in German and as my 4th language I speak French, but not as good as the other languages though.

CD guirola October 19, 2020 - 6:54 PM

I almost had a mental disorder trying to explain the difference between "te quiero" and "te amo" to my non-spanish speakers friends.

accent77 December 3, 2020 - 2:28 PM

My made up word was Shunghead. It was someone, my brother, who was a bullying, prickish idiot.

Tyrannosaurus Meg January 6, 2021 - 7:21 PM

Yes. I am trilingual, and I am awesome 😎

Meli s January 15, 2021 - 5:02 AM

I learned English when I was 30 and how to drive at 36. All because I moved to the USA. In my country of origin I didn't need either.

Samuel Larreal March 6, 2021 - 11:48 PM

The sources! I need the sources!

Christian Mohammed July 18, 2021 - 1:13 PM

Esta tres? Lmao

Ali Reardon December 17, 2021 - 3:28 AM

Anyone else learning a new language just to be “cool” or am I just weird lol