Children Learning a Language

Introduction

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For the majority of people learning a language is challenging. Although a small percentage of people seem to be able to pick up languages easily and quickly, most people spend years trying to learn a new language without gaining fluency.

An argument given by many adult learners is that it is more difficult to learn languages when you are old, and it is easier to learn them from a young age.

 

Vocabulary

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  • language (noun)
  • learn (verb)
  • pick up (phrasal verb)
  • difficulty (noun)
  • excuse (noun)
  • fluent (adjective)
  • easily (adverb)
  • bilingual (adjective)

The Question

Try and have a conversation for 2-3 minutes answering the following question.
Is it easier to learn different languages when you are a child?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Children Learning a Language
  • How many languages do you speak?
  • Do you know anyone who is bilingual?
  • Why do you think people say it is easier to learn languages when you are young? Do you think it is an excuse?
  • What advantages do adults have over children when learning a new language?

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