Want to learn a new language – be quick! #learning

If you have thought that one day you’d like to learn a new language, it’s likely to be tough!

A research study published in the International Journal of Cognitive Science, has concluded that to learn a native language, you should have started before the age of 10 years old.

If you’re only 10 years old then welcome!

The study, based on an online grammar test of over 600,000 people from around the world, goes on to identify that your ability steadily reduces after the age of 18.

It’s possible that there’s a biological change. It’s also possible that it’s something social or cultural.

There’s roughly a period of being a minor that goes up to about age 17 or 18 in many societies. After that, you leave your home, maybe you work full time, or you become a specialized university student. All of those might impact your learning rate for any language.

Josh Tenenbaum, Professor of brain and cognitive sciences (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Read more at the International Journal of Cognitive Science article here

 

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