Why are adults so bad at learning new languages? We may be trying too hard
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Children are better than adults at learning a new language because their prefrontal cortex is undeveloped. This immature prefrontal cortex actually helps them acquire new information with little effort.
Adults have a much harder time learning new languages than children due to their advanced logical brains getting in the way of the more basic intuitive forms of learning.
Learning depends in part on two distinct memory systems that incorporate different brain regions: Declarative and non-Declarative.
Sometimes these two memory systems compete.
Activation of one can suppress activation of the other.
Intentionally trying to learn specific information can get in the way of unconsciously learning patterns and intuitions.
It's not that you shouldn’t spend time working on your new language; you should. But instead of actively trying to focus and memorize, you’ll likely benefit from allowing yourself to experience the language. Watch TV shows, attend discussion groups, or listen to music in the language.
And when you do have to remember a list of vocabulary or grammar rules, try taking a stroll first or listening to some instrumental music while you focus.
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When you put others first, you teach them that you come second.
Trying to learn hinders learning!
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