Did Hemmingway's foreign language abilities help him write books like The Sun Also Rises and win a Nobel Prize in literature? Research suggests it certainly didn't hurt. Creativity, though, is ultimately what you make of it.
While political leaders in some U.S. states continue to bicker about whether creationism should be taught alongside evolution in science classes, 61 percent of children in Europe are currently learning two or more languages in school.
For those of us beyond our school years, exposure can occur anytime, anywhere and in a variety of different ways from reading a news article to following a Twitter stream to practicing a language to visiting a foreign country.
From the moment sound waves enter your ear and become neural impulses, your brain executes this rapid-fire series of events that few of us are ever aware of, but without which we'd be unable to communicate.
Sarah first got the idea for Bilingual Birdies while hanging out with her two nieces in a West Village park. She was struck by the number of mothers, babies and nannies speaking a variety of languages around her.
As a language learner, you'll not only become a more conscious thinker and listener who can communicate clearly and think creatively, but you'll also gain the most significant benefit of multilingualism: a broader, more global perspective.