Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Why some people find learning a language harder than others

“Speed and extent of learning determined by innate differences in how the various parts of the brain “talk” to one another

People who struggle to learn foreign languages may simply have brains that are not wired to retain linguistic skills, a new study suggests.

Learning a second language is far easier for some adults than others because of innate differences in how the various parts of the brain “talk” to one another.

The difference is so striking that researchers can even predict who will succeed in language skills, and who will fail, simply based on brain scans.

t is all to do with how well language centres of the brain communicate when resting. Most learning occurs when the brain is at rest, which is why sleep is so important.

Scientists at McGill University in Canada found that if left anterior operculum and the left superior temporal gyrus communicate more with each other at rest, then language learning is easier.”

Read more @ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/12108758/Why-some-people-find-learning-a-language-harder-than-others.html

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