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The Health Benefits Of Learning a Foreign Language: Daria Zaikovskaia (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript and summary of Daria Zaikovskaia’s talk titled “The Health Benefits Of Learning a Foreign Language” at TEDxLagunaBlancaSchool conference.

In this TEDx talk, language teacher Daria explains that there are numerous cognitive benefits to learning a second language, including improved cognitive function and reduced age-related cognitive decline. Learning a language increases mental effort, opens new opportunities, and prepares individuals for possible challenges.

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TRANSCRIPT:

Learning a foreign language is good for you for so many reasons. Why should I learn English is not a question people ask themselves a lot these days, is it? English is probably going to become the world’s lingua franca if it’s not already.

Today, English is the most widely used language for newspaper, book and scientific publishing, international telecommunications, international trade, mass entertainment, diplomacy, and of course, the internet. There are now more than 8,000 courses taught completely in English by leading universities in non-English speaking countries.

So, for people like me, non-native English speakers, it would seem that if we want to keep up with the world, learning at least one foreign language, namely English, is a must. We learn it to find a good job, to be more successful, or even to immigrate. I’ve been learning English since I was little.

At first, it was my parents who taught me, which is kind of funny because neither of them spoke any English back then and they have successfully avoided learning it for the next 25 years. In fact, when I got my bachelor’s degree in linguistics, my mom said, good job, honey. What’s next for you? Are you now going to get a real degree?

After my studies, I worked as an English teacher and whenever I taught an introductory class, I would ask my students, why do you want to learn a foreign language? The answers I would usually get were more or less similar, but before I share them, I would like to ask you to go back for a moment. Think of the time you first started learning a foreign language. Do you remember why?

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