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We all know a few words in a foreign language, and some of us can have a conversation in at least two languages! But what about the millions who speak only one? Good news! No matter what your age, you can harness language to develop and expand your brain.

Learning new words adds gray matter; your brain doesn’t have to shrink with age. And adults actually are better at learning new languages than kids, if you can put aside linguistic habits

So to learn a new language, whether it’s with a class or through audio tapes, remember these tips:

Don’t stress. If you get anxious about learning new phrases, they’ll never stick. Meditate for five minutes before you start a lesson.

Practice listening, and hearing. Tune into TV channels using the language you are learning. Don’t worry about understanding; just let it wash over you. Understanding comes later.

Stay in top shape. Speech is mental AND physical. Staying at a healthy weight and keeping blood pumping reduces body wide inflammation and feeds your gray and white matter the oxygen and nutrients they need to stay sharp.

King Features Syndicate

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