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Nowadays growing up in a bilingual environment is becoming the norm rather than the exception. However, there are still some prevalent myths about what being bilingual really is. Are bilingual babies arriving more slowly to their developmental milestones? Or are they "smarter" than their monolingual peers? Loreto has a B.S.
Dr. Naja Ferjan Ramirez is a researcher studying the brain processing of language in infants and young children. In her talk, she showcases the latest techniques to study the infant brain and explains why all babies have the full potential to learn two languages at the same time.
The benefits of bilingual education are enormous. Local dual-immersion programs help develop more empathetic citizens and improve the world. Bilingual education allows communities to produce citizens who can leverage language as the tool to transcend linguistic and cultural barriers. Bilingual education also offers great cognitive benefits the earlier it is begun.
English is fast becoming the world's universal language, and instant translation technology is improving every year. So why bother learning a foreign language? Linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter shares four alluring benefits of learning an unfamiliar tongue.

Sid Efromovich is a hyperpolyglot. He grew up in Brazil and after some journeying around the world, he now lives an exciting life in New York where he works as a Sugar Trader.

While few of us will ever take on the ambitious challenge of learning four foreign languages in a year, many of us yearn to be more proficient in another language. The secret to success as it turns out is simpler than you think. Scott Young is a blogger, speaker and author.
Alexa is a children's book author having written, illustrated, and self-published her first picture book, "Hannah's Hats", when she was a Freshman at NYU. In her talk, Alexa explores and shares her passion for multilingualism, it's benefits, and more. Alexa Pearce is a Junior from Little Rock, Arkansas.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.
Bilingualism makes you more cultural aware and able to communicate easier with other cultures, foreigners. Gaston has a fantastic way in explaining this to you. As a journalist and writer Gaston has a lot of linguistic experience. But in terms of experience, he says, there's nothing like staying abroad.
The only barrier to learning a language is memory. - The process of language learning is the process of forming memories. Nothing more, nothing less. If you understand that, and you understand how memories are formed, then you can make progress in a way you've never dreamed possible before.
Kim Potowski is Associate Professor of Spanish linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she directs the Spanish heritage language program. She earned her Ph.D. in Spanish linguistics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.
View full lesson: It's obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier - like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain? Mia Nacamulli details the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged.

Can Speaking More Than One Language Make You Smarter In Other Ways? New research indicates that the brains of bilinguals can adapt more quickly to change stimuli than the brains of monolinguals.