Learning a new language was pipped to the post only by cooking and exercising as the most popular pursuits taken up by UK adults during the 2020 lockdowns.

Only soda bread and Joe Wicks enticed more folks than the volumes who signed up for remote language lessons to nourish their minds besides their bodies. In fact, a study carried out by Aldermore Bank discovered that –

“Nearly one in ten (9%) UK adults decided to spend their time and money learning a new language. This was particularly popular among younger people, with nearly one in five (17%) 18 to 34 year olds committing to learning a new language”. 

These stats reflect the enduring allure of learning a new language. It’s an allure that extends beyond purely educational purposes.

Learning a new language appeals to us because it expands our minds and keeps our grey matter ticking over in the most life-enhancing way.

It’s a scientific fact, proven by an academic study at Edinburgh University. Learning a new language is officially like taking your brain for a workout.

It was led by Dr Thomas Bak, who told the Scottish Herald –

“Our study demonstrates that learning languages is not only good for a person’s career and social life, but also has beneficial effects on cognitive functions, which go well beyond the language itself.”  

We couldn’t have put it any better ourselves, Dr Bak!

At La Academia, south Manchester’s award-winning language school, it’s our pleasure and privilege to share language learning with our fabulous students. Young and old. Beginners and trailblazers. To and from English and any other language under the sun.

Thinking about learning a new language this summer? Allow us to help keep your brain fit and healthy.


Brits turn self-isolation into self-improvement – with three-fifths investing in themselves during lockdown, Aldermore

Learning a language “improves” mental agility, Andrew Denholm, The Scottish Herald