Why Study Italian?
Is It Ever Too Late to Learn a New Language?
We, as adults, start immediately to think, compare, ponder, analyze.
If I learn this language now, will I really be fluent?
Will I keep an accent?
Will I be able to remember all the vocabulary?
My empirical conclusion is that you can learn a language at any age. You may not reach the level of a native speaker but you’ll be able to communicate efficiently and you’ll derive great pleasure from this additional skill.
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language that goes to his heart.”
Children and adults learn differently.
Children learn implicitly, adults learn explicitly.
We (as adults) want to understand the structure of the language: the pronouns, the tenses, the adjectives. We need to memorize lists of words and conjugation patterns. We must practice the sounds, used in that particular language. Children on the other hand, don’t seek an explanation: they absorb and process a new language without the whole cognitive process described previously.
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