Bilinguals take ‘hybrid’ approach to reading
- Created: Wednesday, 14 June 2017 10:31
By Claudia Civinini
The way your brain works when you read varies depending on the languages you speak, a review of research suggests – and bilinguals adopt a ‘hybrid’ approach to reading in both tongues.
Being bilingual could even help you learn to read if you have dyslexia, the research adds.
The researchers explain that learning to read in some languages – where the sounds correspond directly to individual letters on the page – makes the brain decode written texts in very small chunks (such as single letters).
These ‘transparent’ languages include Italian and Spanish, for example.