It’s smart to hang out with foreigners

I visited my dear friend, Eve, the other day. I met her over 20 years ago when I lived in the Czech town of Slaný, not far from Prague. She was a pillar in our little group that gathered weekly to have a beer and speak some English. Eve is now 85 years old and she’s still sharp as a whip, able to switch back and forth between Czech and English with ease.

If you follow me on facebook, you might have seen a recent post about how people who are actively bilingual have better functioning brains. It is also believed that bilingualism will help protect the brain from deterioration as one ages. Eve’s sharpness is most certainly in big part because of her active use of English as her second language. She has inspired me to ramp up my efforts in studying this extremely difficult (for me, anyway) Czech language. Because when I’m 85, I want to be like Eve!

Me and Eve 1993

Me and Eve 1993

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