How bilingual brains switch between tongues – life – 09 June 2006 – New Scientist

Yet another interesting Stumble from Nutmeg:

The next time you listen to the Beatles sing “Michelle” you can thank an area of your brain called the left caudate. It could be what enables you to follow the lyrics as they switch from English to French, claim researchers at University College London in the UK.

I’m essentially fluent in French, and have no problems switching back and forth between that and English. I was hoping this study might explain why, when I try to throw my passable Spanish into the mix, the French disappears. My brain just locks up and refuses to fetch vocab or grammar; I get to speak one or the other in a given day, never both.

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