Meet ups in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane

Brisbane location to be announced. (March 21)

Melbourne  March 9 in the lobby 7 pm

Lygon Lodge Comfort Inn Studio Apartments 
Address
220 Lygon Street, Carlton, Carlton 
Melbourne, 3053 

 

Sydney  March 16  in the lobby  7 pm

AEA Bridgeport Apartments 
38 Bridge Street, Sydney 2000 NSW 
Ph: 02 9315 8066 

Hope to see you there.

 

 

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Adults can learn languages better than children?

A recent study shows that adults can learn languages better than children. There are other studies that show children as better at learning languages, and point to a critical period after which it is more difficult to learn languages. We know empirically that children, especially children under 10 or 12, become fluent in a new language more quickly than adults, with better pronunciation although often with a more limited vocabulary.

In fact it is motivation and attitude, not age, that determines our ability to learn languages. Most, if not all, polyglots, learn most of their languages as adults. Adults are often more inhibited or self-conscious, and have less opportunity, or are less willing, to socialize with people of another language group, whereas children just blend in to their new environment.

The only thing that matters is that we can learn at any age. If we are 50 there is no point in wondering if we were able to learn better when we were 5. If you can motivate a child to learn a language when young, great. Otherwise it is never too late to start.

Evgueny talks to Steve about Russia. (in Russian)

Evgueny, one of my Russian tutors at LingQ, and I, have started a series of discussions on Russia, in Russian. This material is for our Library at LingQ, and so I try to keep my comments (full of errors) to a minimum, mostly a few questions here and there. Evgueny is knowledgeable and most interesting to listen to. The audio and text of this series are available in our Library, of course. Here is the most recent episode where we talk of Russia today and yesterday.

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