Language Development Myth #5

Language Development Myth #5

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By: Smart Coos

Statistics show that language learning starts to get complicated after the fourth language, but that does not necessarily mean it’s impossible or even harmful to learn more languages – it just gets a little harder. How you structure language learning for you or your child is usually the most important thing about learning multiple languages at the same time or in succession. David Robson, a BBC reporter, attended a polyglot convention in Berlin and met some 350 people who fluently spoke 5, 10, and even 20 languages with no problem. Learning a language can be demanding, and sometimes very difficult, but the benefits far out-weigh the challenges. The brain is more than capable of handling multiple language processing systems if you are willing to put in the effort. And if the 350 polyglots that attended the Berlin convention aren’t proof enough, 910,000,000 people (approximately 13% of the world’s population) are speaking at least 3 languages just fine.

 


 

Work Cited:

“Multilingual People – Are You a Polyglot?” Multilingual People – Are You a Polyglot? Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

“Myths; Multilingual Children’s Association.” Myths; Multilingual Children’s Association. Web. 08 Apr. 2016.

Robson, Davis. “How to Learn 30 Languages.” BBC News. BBC, 29 Mar. 2015. Web. 08 Apr. 2016.

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