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Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Are Some Brains Better at Learning Languages?
There may be certain areas in the brain that are enlarged or extra
efficient that could lend some language learners an advantage. Studies
show that it becomes more difficult to learn new languages as you get
Neuroscientists are still trying to understand all the various brain
regions involved in learning language.
In his spare time, an otherwise ordinary 16-year old boy from New York
taught himself Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Swahili, and a dozen other
languages, the New York Times reported last week.
And even though it's not entirely clear how close to fluent
Timothy Doner is in any of his studied languages, the high
school sophomore along with other polyglots like him are
certainly different from most Americans, who speak one or
maybe two languages.
That raises the question: Is there something unique about
certain brains, which allows some people to speak and
understand so many more languages than the rest of us?
The answer, experts say, seems to be yes, no and it's complicated.
For some people, genes may prime the brain to be good at language
learning, according to some new research. And studies are just
starting to pinpoint a few brain regions that are extra-large or extra-
efficient in people who excel at languages.
For others, though, it's more a matter of being determined and
motivated enough to put in the hours and hard work necessary to
learn new ways of communicating. "Kids do well in what they like,"
said Michael Paradis, a neurolinguist at McGill University in Montreal, who compared language learning
to piano, sports or anything else that requires discipline. "Kids who love math do well in math. He loves
languages and is doing well in languages."
Do you know someone who
can speak and understand
What do you thing about the text?
Do you want to learn other languages? What
Do you think is
difficult to learn a
new language? Why?
Do you know
how you brain
Answer these questions according to the text.
1. What does the term of polyglot?
2. Is it better to learn languages when you are young or older? Why?
3. What do the genes do in the brain?
4. What are the aspects to learn to communicate?
5. Kids who are good at what they like can learn a language? Why?