It is possible for adults to process a language the same way a native speaker does, and over time, the processing improves even when the skill goes unused.
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In the late eighteenth century, the British orientalist Sir William Jones (see portrait) became one of the first linguists to realise that many languages, spread astonishingly wide from India to Ireland, had similarities that indicated a common origin, and to posit that they had all descended from a lost language, Proto-Indo-European, the closest to which is now Sanskrit.
By the time you reach adulthood, learning a foreign language is a struggle – even after you memorize grammar and vocabulary, there's no guarantee that you'll understand a fast-talking native speaker, and when you stop studying for even a month, you seem to forget everything you'd learned.
On this day in 1839, the initials "O.K." are first published in The Boston Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for "oll correct," a popular slang misspelling of "all correct" at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech of Americans.
Raising Multilingual Children (or Not)New York Times (blog)Actually, despite my sarcasm, I'm appreciative of his efforts — any American who has traveled overseas knows that if more of us spoke a second language, we'd have, if nothing else, a better...
“Our research suggests that English proficiency gained at the expense of native-language fluency may not be beneficial for overall health status,” says Ariela Schachter, an alumna of Rice University who is now a graduate student at Stanford University. “It’s very important for the immigrants to hold on to their native language in addition to learning English.”
The information and advice on this page was written for FIS teachers in advance of the visit to the school of Professor J. Cummins. Cummins is one of the world’s leading authorities on bilingual education and second language acquisition. Mainstream teachers who have a knowledge of his theories and act on his advice will be in a much stronger position to help the ESL students in their classes.
Healthy individuals who immigrate to the U.S. often see their health decline over time. A recent study from Stanford University suggests that immigrants who learn English while maintaining their native language might be protected against this puzzling phenomenon.