Can Learning a New Language Boost Your Creativity?

According Dictionary.com, creativity is defined as the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods and interpretations.

The question that was recently asked by The Huffington Post was, “Can learning a new language actually boost your creativity?” Learning a new language already has a variety of benefits, such as:

  • Stave off the deleterious effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia as we age
  • Become better at multi-tasking
  • Help you make better financial choices
  • Improve your English language skills

Creativity is a very popular topic right now, which is why The Huffington Post wrote this piece. When it comes to whether learning new languages can actually boost your creativity, the author of the piece, Zach Simon, states that:

“Learning a foreign language requires us to construct and negotiate the unique architecture in which it consists. Each new language we learn presents us with new barriers when trying to convey meaning. As your mind generates possibilities in order to negotiate these barriers, it engages in a potent form of divergent thinking — the very divergent thinking that drives creativity.”

At Access 2 Interpreters, we break through the language barrier in creative ways to help our clients. We highly recommend reading The Huffington Post piece since we feel as a company that creativity becomes more prominent when you learn multiple languages.

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