Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Learning A Foreign Language Isn’t All About Discipline And Dedication — Genetics Play A Role As Well

“Learning your first language is easy; it’s the second or even third that can be hard. But learning a second language comes easier to some than others, and a new study suggests this may not have as much to do with studying hard as we may think. According to the study, genetic variations can account for changes in the amount of white matter activity in the brain, which in turn can affect the ease with which you learn a second language.

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