By understanding the effects being bilingual has on the brain, we can begin to see the enormous benefits speaking more than one language has on the human soul. Not only does it better connect us to the world and people around us, but multiple languages help us connect to ourselves. We become more tolerant by living in two different cultures and worlds. We also have more words and ways to express ourselves. Bilingualism is tolerance
Susan Ervin-Tripp, from the University of California Psychology department, has been studying the effects of learning multiple languages on the human experience for years. She compiled her research in a paper titled Emotion in Bilingualism, where she writes,
When we are in situations demanding a change in language, we may have a strong sense of a shift in values and feelings. Some bilinguals even report they have two personalities.
And she’s right. This can sometimes lead to identity problems at the teenage age and lead to more introverted and reflective personalities. Although, coming from someone who always feels like he has multiple personalities, she believes people who are bilingual are actually sensing new emotional perspectives on life when reporting multiple personalities.
Language in its various forms can be used as a tool to help us understand our core morals, beliefs and even passions. Language unlocks the door to the heart by allowing us to easily communicate with each other and ourselves. By being able to understand who we are better, we ultimately become better lovers.
Speaking multiple languages helps us understand simple thoughts about love, life and happiness in all of their complex variations, and it helps us relay those feelings to our loved ones. And anyone who is bilingual already understands the importance of language, but even more the symbolism of gestures of the “inbetweens”. This make bilingual persons normally por empathetic and sensible, but also more tolerant.