Language Acquisition

What Are the Easiest and Hardest Languages to Learn?

There are thousands of languages and dialects used in the world. Some are easier for English speakers to pick up than others. Which languages are the easiest and hardest for English speakers to learn? We answered that question for you below. Easiest: Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian are the easiest languages to learn as an English native …

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How Much Time Should My Child Spend Learning a New Language Online?

Learning a new language takes time. Even for adults, it can be difficult to retain new information about a language. So, how long should children spend learning a new language online? We have some important information for you to consider before deciding what works for your child and family. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends …

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What Are the Top Ten Endangered and Extinct Languages?

While many languages are thriving in today’s society, others are dying. UNESCO reports that around 43% of the world’s languages are endangered. UNESCO measures how endangered a language is by this scale: Vulnerable: When most people speak the language, but it is used mostly at home and not out in public. Definitely Endangered: When kids …

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Will Learning a New Language Cause a Speech Delay for My Child?

Every child learns at a different pace. For some, learning a new language is a breeze. But for many others, it can be challenging. Will learning a new language cause a speech delay for your child? Possibly, but they will catch up. What would this “delay” may look like? When a child learns two languages …

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What Are the Best Methods to Learn a Second Language?

Most high schools and colleges require students to take foreign language classes. But, only 20 percent of United States citizens can converse in two or more languages, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Obviously, these statistics show the classes are not working. So how does someone learn a second language? We listed some fun and …

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Why Should Children Learn a Second Language At an Early Age?

Many high schools and colleges in the United States require students to learn a second language. But typically when they graduate, they can hardly remember anything from their classes. So, how do you guarantee your child will become bilingual? Teach them early. There are proven reasons why young kids are better equipped to learn a …

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The Social Advantages of Exposure to Other Languages

Recent studies show that “multilingual exposure improves not only children’s cognitive skills but also their social abilities” (“The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals”, The New York Times, March 11, 2016). Whilst I’m wary of sound bites that may mistakenly encourage us to think that people are ‘superior’ simply by virtue of speaking more than one …

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