Myth Debunked: Learn A Second Language at Any Age

You may have heard someone make the statement that it’s not easy for an adult to learn a second language. Although it’s true that children seem to have a propensity for language learning based, the fact is that they simply learn differently. The results of an MIT study revealed that many adult language learners past the age of 20 have successfully reached native speaking level. So, an adult can also learn a new language and excel at it by simply employing a number of different systemic techniques.

In fact, the top 25% of adult learners in the MIT study reached native speaking level just as well as those who started before the age of 10. A child’s language learning technique is instinctive, more organic, and likely due to more exposure time to the language they are learning. However, an adult’s learning technique is more systemic. Also, older learners are very capable of the same rate of learning if they have the same amount of time and opportunities for exposure. The key is to just start as soon as possible – no matter where you are in life!

Explore the Language Learning Institute’s options for live, online classes for children and adults of all ages – we have a class to fit your schedule, as well as opportunities for immersive natural language conversation practice.

What Our Students Are Saying

“Travelling with the Language Learning Institute is a wonderful experience! The groups are small, there is a lot of variety, and the trips are flexible enough that you can break away and do your own thing for a while if you want. I have never really wanted to do that, though, because the planned activities are so interesting. I have been on two trips on which I learned a lot about the different regions of France and even Belgium. The trip cost includes five or so sessions before the trip in which we learn about what we are going to experience and in which we learn a little of the language so that we can at least order in French. There is also a wine and cheese party in which we sample the products of the regions we are going to visit and in which we get to know our trip mates better. I would recommend the Learn French and Travel trips to anyone, but particularly for those who want to visit a country in a way that combines the security of a group with the flexibility to do your own thing!”

— Karen Watkins (Schenectady, NY)

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