I came across a fantastic article today written by a man who at the age of 57 decided to learn French.
After taking a cognitive assessment called CNS Vital Signs and scoring below average for his age group in nearly all of the categories, Despite this he decided to forge ahead with his language learning project.
His post is as fascinating as it is funny; he jokes "I USED to joke that I spoke French like a 3-year-old. Until I met a French 3-year-old and couldn’t hold up my end of the conversation. That was after a year of intense study.."
After a year of struggling with the language, he retook the cognitive assessment and the results speak for themselves. He was now above average in seven of the ten categories and average in the other three. His verbal memory score leapt from the bottom half to the 88th percentile and his visual memory test shot from the bottom 5th percentile to the 50th.
As he said "studying a language had been like drinking from a mental fountain of youth".
It doesn't matter what language you choose to learn; Chinese, Japanese, German, French, Korean, Spanish, Italian - take your pick. Learning any of the above will do wonders for your brain!
Do I really need to give you any more reason to pick up that textbook?