16 Jan 2020 | 09:53 WIB
As you might expect, there is some truth to the claims that adults cannot learn new languages as well as children, but in general, they seem to be overblown.
You’ve probably heard this already–that after puberty, learning a language just isn’t worth it. Reality: it’s all a myth. Because language learning includes brain changes, these processes intertwine. However, even if our brains are less “plastic” as adults, the ability to speak new languages doesn’t go away. While it’s unquestionably true that kids have an easier time picking up languages, but you can learn a language at any age.
So… Where does this myth come from?
When we reach adolescence, the amount of synaptic pruning that occurs in our brain rapidly decreases. So, this is a natural process of maturation. With that decrease in pruning, however, comes a shift in language acquisition abilities. This shift is often misperceived as the closure of the new language learning. But the truth is that those abilities just change—they don’t disappear.
And…this is the facts…
For example, a person who speaks Melayu, might find many cognates in the Indonesian language, making the process of learning much easier. A child, who is still picking up new words, may not be able to forge the same connections.
… and there are disadvantages, of course.
Older adults, for example, do not always pick up new sounds right away. While a kid is more likely to replicate the correct pronunciation, an adult might have a harder time. Especially in learning the Indonesian language. For English, Spanish, Italian or another language speaking person, learn the Indonesian language might be a hard one to remember. Time to learn is a factor, as well. When you’re a kid, there’s ample room for reading, listening, and speaking at home and in school. Adult life, however, is rife with work meetings, relationships, errands, and, let’s be honest, stress. Don’t worry about that: Realia makes scheduling lessons easy for you who want to learn the Indonesian language. We’ll nudge to keep you on track and tailor your learning plan.
Conclusion: Don’t let your age define you! Adults always say “I’m too old for that.” We hear this a lot when it comes to language learning, specifically with phrases like, “I’ll never be able to speak Indonesian language, so why bother?” or “I learned a little Chinese in college, but it’s gone now.”
Sure, the brain of a 60-year-old will differ from that of an 11-year-old, but plenty of people learn languages throughout various stages of life. You’re only as limited as you think you are. Your motivation for learning a new language can also be a big factor. If you are intrinsically motivated by a sincere interest in a new language and a desire to learn it.
Consider this myth broken. So, what are you waiting for?
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