How Bilingual Humor Makes You Smarter-MainPhoto


The real pioneer in the field of brain power and bilingual humor might be OpenEnglish, the online English language learning company that caters to Spanish speakers. The company’s clever television commercials pair a successful English speaker who has taken the company’s courses, with a speaker whose English is still rudimentary due to less effective learning techniques. In my favorite commercial, the dark-haired dunce claims to be learning English by labeling food. A roast pollo wears a “chicken” label and a green head of repollo is proudly proclaimed to be “rechicken.” Needless to say, “Repollo, rechicken” is a meme in our household.