Why do Asians do much better at math?both in school, and afterwards? (They also have less dyslexia). It may have to do with the structure of their written languages.

Roxanne Khamsi writes in New Scientist that the language you speak may help to determine how your brain circuits develop and thus how your brain solves math problems. Asian languages use characters that are based on drawings, so people for whom this was their first language?even if they speak a Western language now?use the VISUAL parts of the brains to solve ALL problems.

Teachers want to use this information to help non-Asian kids learn math better. For instance, math teachers in schools all over the world are now using more concrete objects, like the traditional Asian abacus, to demonstrate addition and subtraction.

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