Learning a new language can have a number of cognitive benefits, as people who speak more than one language improve their problem-solving skills, concentration and ability to multitask. Bilingual people are better able to switch between different tasks and not be distracted by changes in their environment than monolingual people.
What makes you interested in learning a second language? Have you ever wondered what in ways you might benefit from learning a second language? For many people it is to make travelling easier and more fun. For others it is connecting with their extended family, learning about their heritage, or
Have you ever wondered what the personal and social benefits of learning a second language might be? Learning languages is seen as a bit of a weird hobby in Australia. As someone fluent in 2 languages, somewhat conversational in 2 more, and who ‘dabbles’ all the time in languages for
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“Do you Speak French?” Can someone please help me to answer this question? Hello. My name is Cate, and I’m a language nerd. Have you ever been asked something like “Do you speak French?“, and been overcome with an overwhelming desire to run really fast in the opposite direction? Have
It is often asked “can you learn two languages at the same time?” The answer seems to be yes… and no. There are many studies of children raised in bilingual homes that demonstrate the ability to learn two languages at the same time, but it is also noted that many
It was my first day in England, and I was looking to see if I could buy a high necked long sleeved t-shirt that in Australia we call a “skivvy”. When the (middle aged) shop assistant approached and asked if she could help, I asked if they had “any skivvies?”
Have you ever come across this 10,000 hour rule? That it takes 10,000 hours to become proficient in a new skill? If you have (and let’s face it, it has become an oft-quoted statistic!), then you might wonder if it truly is possible to learn languages (or anything else) quickly. (Especially
There is a myth around that children learn languages more quickly and easily than adults. “A myth?” you ask. Yes. A myth. There is a whole lot of research that shows it, but let’s just think logically. The average, hearing child begins to be exposed to language the moment the
In theory there is no limit to the number of languages a person can learn. In practicality, issues like time available, ability to practise, and even the definition of “know” all play into the question. Know enough to have a conversation? Enough to present a high level speech? To write