After doing some research on bilingualism, I am surprised at some of the pros and cons I have come across. From an academic standpoint, bilingualism is a very effective way of teaching students who have limited proficiency in English and allows people to engage in multilingual environments and obtain a better understanding of cultural differences. On the downside, bilingual education is extremely expensive and is no guarantee that children learning in multilingual environments will master all the languages they are learning.
For me, my family is Taiwanese and they did not want me to pick up their English accent so they decided to speak Chinese at home and had me learn English through school. I am very thankful for that because being bilingual has allowed me to connect with people from both cultures and it has made my life easier especially because of the second language requirements in most majors.
Although the research I found shows the pros and cons of being bilingual, I am curious to find out why being bilingual would make it easier for people to better understand things such as grammatical structures. I am also interested in what goes on in the brain when bilingual or multilingual people think because based on personal experience, I think in both languages. I am also puzzled by how the brain processes information in different languages also and how people are able to switch back and forth between two or more languages without any hesitation.