Confidence is not the only way that language learning becomes easier as you learn more languages. While learning a first foreign language, people develop skills and techniques that they did not have before. These, in turn, transfer to any other language one chooses to learn!
After constant forecast about “Brain activity reveals that bilingual children find it easier to learn another language in the future”, a research was carried out whereby a new language (Brocanto2) was artificially invented and two groups. One group consisted of bilinguals and the other of monolinguals. Both were trained in the language over the course of a week for the study. The learners’ brain patterns were examined with electroencephalogram electrodes on their scalps. It was discovered that, compared to the monolinguals, the bilinguals rely more on the brain processes that people naturally use for their native language when learning a new language!
Why bilinguals learn new languages easier
Being able to think and speak in a totally new language is indeed as big as it sounds!
Imagine having to learn a whole new dictionary and grammar rules (not to forget the different time spans you want to speak in), as well as getting accustomed to a whole new culture – since the latter very much influences its language, and on top of it all, getting the right pronunciation …
To start easy, choose a language that is of a close origin to your native language, as languages which breed in the same region tend to share a great deal of vocabulary.
For example, if you speak French, choose Spanish. If you speak Italian, go for Portuguese. And if your set of alphabet bears a world of difference, for example, Urdu, go for similar sets of alphabet, like Persian. Likewise, Mandarin and Jin are closely related.
You will notice that the logic of languages is generally transferrable. And the more languages you learn, the more flexible you become about the grammar rules.
It is advisable to not learn more than two languages in parallel, until you become good at one of them. And as it’s said, you don’t know a language properly until you are able to make jokes in that language!
See if you can understand the following:
“Can a kangaroo jump higher than a house?”
“Of course, a house doesn’t jump at all.”
“Où dimanche vient-il avant jeudi?”
– Dans le dictionnaire.
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In my following article, I will give you some tips and tricks about how to learn a language quickly and efficiently. Till then, choose your new language and have a cup of tea!