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How to Make Yourself Spongy

Like many other common practices in modern society, learning a whole new language as an adult is an unnatural phenomenon. Humans are programmed to acquire language, but they’re programmed to do so during childhood. While it’s perfectly natural to constantly learn new words, pick up novel ways of inflecting our voice, and so forth, there’s nothing natural about going from zero to fluent in a language starting when you’re 25. And like many other behaviors and conditions that were unknown to our hunter-gatherer ancestors, there are a lot of problems that occur when you try to learn a language as an adult.

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