Grow up speaking two languages? You must be enjoying the extra cash. Speak just one? Fire up the Rosetta Stone CDs!
According to a new, “conventional wisdom”–defying report by UCLA and the Education Testing Service, children who speak both English and another language at home—even if the English is learned as a second language in school—get better jobs and make up to $2,800 more a year than one-language kids.
Makes sense: Scientists at Northwestern University recently found that bilinguals solve problems and process info more efficiently, as juggling two languages constantly “exercises” the brain.
Benefits could be seen after subjects had studied a new language for even just a short time, proving that it’s never too late to pick up a life skill or two.