Is it too late to learn another language as an adult?
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE
Learning a language will always be important, no matter how old you are, it will always be useful. You probably think it's too late that it's no use that you're too old to start learning a language because it takes time, you don't necessarily have one and you won't have the opportunity to practice it as often as you want?
Reassure yourself that this is the case for many people, but it is important to remember that we don't learn a language just to have frequent languages exchanges but above all to enrich our culture, our faculties, train our brain and especially our memory.
Indeed, if you think you are too old to learn a language, consider that it may decrease the risk of Alzheimer's disease or at least delay it. Maybe your concerns will change.
Just as no baby learns to speak, walk or read at exactly the same age as another, adults are also different in their ability to learn a new language.
For some it will take longer than others, or at least it will seem easier.
Don't put too much pressure on yourself, learn at your own pace and always think about your goal.
This is the key to making your training much more effective and your language exchange much more fluid.
Don't listen to people who tell you it's not worth it, don't let yourself be influenced, learning a new language can only bring you good things.
TRAINING IS THE KEY
Whether you are 7- 30 or 50 years old, no matter how fast you learn or how much you understand, training will always be the key to your experience.
If you don't have enough time to do theoretical exercises every day you can alternate with movies, series in VOST to start with, this will give you a clear and precise picture, you will be able to put words on things in an easier way.
No matter how you choose to learn a new language it will always be important to mix with immersive experiences such as having language exchanges.
CHILD VS. OLD AGE BENEFITS
When you are a child you have certain advantages, some say that it is the right time to start learning a language because you are in the midst of your brain training and your parents surround you in a safe and loving environment that gives you confidence. You are more curious and more attentive to the world because you are not yet held back by technology. You have the time and ability to learn in a playful and fun way. You can choose to go to a bilingual school and be able to do language exchanges with foreign children.
When you are old you have more time, at retirement age you don't know what to do to stay busy? Learning a language is a good way to keep busy, but it will also give you the opportunity to learn things you don't know.
Learning as much as you can to leave nothing behind can be motivating.
If you have decided to learn a language for your job or for professional reasons it will give you a considerable advantage because you will have a clear goal and you can use it as a motivation in your language learning process.
THE IDEAL AGE
Studies have shown that if an ideal age for learning a language is to be determined, it should be between 8 and 11 years of age. Why is that? Simply because their mother tongue proficiency is more advanced, so they have more points of comparison. They also have a better memory and are better at remembering things in quantity.
They also develop at this age an ability to question themselves and face obstacles they may encounter in their learning process.
They have more interest in play education and are more curious to discover things in this period of time.
WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR LANGUAGES
Many studies show that there are more and more bilingual children, so one would think that languages are on the rise. Indeed there are still areas of the world where it is difficult to find people who speak English to make you understand.
However, as time goes by, people tend to become aware of the importance of languages even at an advanced age, so the level of language education should increase proportionally in the years to come.
It's never too late to learn, it can be about language or anything else. It's never too late for anything, you can choose to learn a new language at 60 if you want to and have the motivation to do so.
You can also choose to start a new sport or take an interest in a new hobby at any age and at any time in your life. There is no right or wrong time strictly speaking you are the sole decision-makers as to what the right time is for you.
Learn languages, be open to the world, educate yourself regardless of your age, country, language, religion. You will get a lot of satisfaction out of it and it will bring you a lot in your personal life.
Written by: Lisa Lambert, Staff writer
- Learning Languages
- 12 Feb, 2020
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