An Effective Approach to Learning a New Language as an Adult.

Updated: Feb 24, 2021

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To learn a new language as an adult is a topic that has created many questions among scientists and adult language learners alike, with no simple or clear answers.

To learn a new language as an adult is a topic that has created many questions among scientists and adult language learners alike, with no simple or clear answers. I must also start by stating that -It's never too late to learn a new language.


There are areas of learning a new language in which the difficulty is greater as an adult, such as speaking. Most adult language learners seem to find it easier to read and understand Spanish first than to speak. A successful approach that you might have heard is that making a little work every day is key, however, we must create a habit that would make it possible and effective.


We might think that creating new habits can be a difficult and hard-working task, but that’s not the case when the habit you’re acquiring will help you learn your target language. The motivation is already there, the question is, how can we nurture it and make it part of your everyday life?


Let’s talk about some benefits that engaging in language learning journeys have. Ali Patillo, health and science reporter writes in her article Adult Language Learning Literally Reroutes Brain Networks Studies show that even relatively short, months-long language learning programs can help reshape brain networks, improve global cognition, and increase functional connectivity in aging people's brains”. While we learn the more functional we become.


Understanding some facts about our brain and how it works while learning new material would give us more clarity on how to apply effective strategies to become masters of any target language.


An interesting fact taught by Dr. Barbara Oakley