The truth is you’re never too old to start learning a foreign language! Do not let your age stop you from learning a new language! Start having some ‘foreign’ senior moments!

The conventional wisdom is that children learn foreign languages easier or quicker than adults. Historically, research showed that complete language acquisition could not occur after a certain age, but modern research comparing the rate of second language acquisition in children and adults shows that the age of the adult learner is not a major factor in foreign language learning.

Every stage of your life has different advantages and disadvantages, and the same applies to language acquisition. For example, older learners can benefit from what they already know not just about language but about life experiences. Also, the adult’s maturely-developed brain has the superior ability to understand the relationship between semantics and grammar. Children, on the other hand, have the advantage that they are not afraid of the embarrassment factor. They are open to speak without the fear of making mistakes.

Although learning another language may be more difficult for adults, this is most likely an emotional issue that prevents adults from attempting to learn another language. The biggest obstacle for the adult is the emotional factor. They believe the myth that they are not capable of learning another language and are afraid of making fools of themselves.

On the other hand, there are many advantages for the adult language learner. Most adults have a reason to learn another language; whether professional or personal, that reason equals motivation, which leads to increased ability to learn the language. Learning a foreign language as an adult boosts positive effects on cognitive functions, such as memory and reasoning, and exponentially increases self-confidence.

It may be true that the earlier you start to learn a foreign language, the more advantageous it is for you to achieve native proficiency. But it is definitely true that you are never too old to start learning a foreign language. That means, start now, no matter how old or young you may be.

Language can be acquired at any stage of your life, regardless of your age. Since aging of the brain is held to a minimum when we keep it active, not only is learning a foreign language possible at any age, it keeps us young!

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