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Neuroscientists have finally figured out why speaking a new language is so hard for adults

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Neuroscientists have finally figured out why speaking a new language is so hard for adults
If you’re trying to speak a new foreign language, your adult brain is working against you.

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Speaking a new language is difficult for adults

  • It is easier to learn to read and understand a new language than it is to speak it.
  • According to a recent study, the adult brain compartmentalizes speech in the left hemisphere, showing minimal plasticity.
  • As people become proficient in a language, their brains use both hemispheres to read and understand, but speech production remains cornered in the left hemisphere.

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