Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Convenient Curse of Adulthood

There are few orthodoxies in the language-learning community more unquestioned, far-reaching, and extreme than the doctrine that children are able to learn natural languages to a native level in an easy and smooth way because their brain is structured in a way perfectly suited for such an activity, and that adults have a much more difficult task ahead of them, since their brains have left the developmental period of childhood and have become less open to incorporating entirely new phonemes, grammatical mechanisms, and so on.

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