Learn A Second Language Easily
better performance in Mathematics ..."
on second language learning shows that children who learn a second
language at an early age reap many benefits. They have increased
self esteem, they accept and understand other cultures more easily
and can learn other languages more easily. Researchers have also
found a connection between learning a second language early and
better performance in Mathematics and Logic skills.
babies hear two languages spoken around them more connections develop
in their brains. They are able to learn both a first and second
language more easily. Even as adults they learn a new language more
easily than people who didn't hear two languages at a young age.
Kuhl from the University of Washington said babies are, 'the best
learners in the universe.' Her studies show that babies can hear
the differences between all the consonants and vowels used in any
language. To learn a specific language they have to learn the sound
oppositions that are meaningful in their language. For example,
/r/ and /l/ are different sounds in English, but they are the same
in Japanese. By the age of 12 months babies have mastered these
rules in the language/s they hear. Babies who hear only Japanese
spoken will have difficulty hearing the difference between the two
sounds if they learn English when they are adults.