Learning Language Two

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Español y El Cerebro, Spanish and the Brain

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Learning the Language

For most people they have little to no experience with the language you are trying to learn. And for us trying to learn during this age and time is difficult. There is a thing called Laterialization, which means that your brain is learning this new language in a different part that isn't where you learned your first language. For children it is different, if they are learning two languages at or around the same time they will develop in the same area of the brain.


Children that learn a second language before the age of 5 will most likely develop a native-like accent, which could make it easier to speak that language. It will also be easier for them to become proficient and receive more ability to understand that language in the future. Like advantages for young learners there are also advantages for older learners who are already proficient in one language. Our advantages are that you can use strategies from your language to aid your learning, like using English to help you learn Spanish, and you also have more control over your input which is how you learn the language.