How Children Learn Languages

May 04

Being able to learn a language and use it proficiently is a tremendous accomplishment for anybody. Everyone does it at least once in their life. It can be your first language, second, fourth or seventh, achievement that no one can belittle.

There are many stages to human learning and capability to accept new things, interpret new inputs of data and the capacity and absorbency rate also differ when you are younger or older. We’ll find children to be able to learn very quickly despite  being surrounded by unfamiliar sounds, many of which aren’t even part of language. The only way to learn a language before one immerse themselves in the sea of language learning, regardless of age, is to first find out how language works. It is widely believed though that the ability to learn a language simply exist in our genes.

There are several ways Children learn language. The first one being trial and error. It is said to be a misconception by the linguist that babies born in a specific country naturally can speak the native language easily. The fact is, native people speaks their language better only because they practice it as frequent as every day.  Children learn a language by unlearning all other possible languages.

The very first step into learning language is to hunt for a language to learn. We might not be naturally capable of distinguishing speech from all the other sounds we make but for children who are trained to do so right from the day they were born might just prove to be a completely different story. Newborns are sensitive enough to the distinction between the patterns of stress and how long you hold different syllables between those languages. All this makes children much more capable on learning new language than adult.


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