Professor of Developmental Linguistics Antonella Sorace and neuroscientist Dr Thomas Bak discuss some of the benefits of being bilingual for the BBC in new short film, Why being bilingual is good for your brain.

It used to be thought that being bilingual was a bad thing – that it would confuse or hold people back, especially children. Now it’s widely accepted that there are huge benefits to being bilingual.

Antonella Sorace and Thomas Bak discuss some of the surprising upsides that scientists and researchers have discovered about being bilingual – including benefits to concentration, problem solving, memory, and creativity. As well as shaping our brains and improving our cognitive reserves, learning more than one language can also open doors to new ways of understanding, new cultural experiences, and life opportunities.

Watch the short, educational film on the BBC website.