"It’s highly possible that this learning difference by age is not due to some magic change in brain plasticity, but simply that adults don’t have as much time to be exposed as children and often hit a point where it stops being helpful to improve after a while. "

"They become totally fluent at this slower pace and reaching native-level mastery provides little additional advantage. Maybe it’s not that it’s harder for older learners or that they’re not capable, maybe it’s just that they don’t have the same opportunity."

I think that is true. Kids has more time and chances to exposure themselves to another language whether they want or not.

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@sato1108ss i really wish i could spend 3 years just babbling nonsense in a foreign language and getting nothing but praise for it...

@sato1108ss I note that the author is the CEO of an online language learning company. That’s a strong indication that the article might be biased.

But worse, the whole “study” is based on data gathered through a “viral Facebook quiz” in which people provided self-assessments of their own skills and learning process, which is notoriously unreliable, bordering on farcical.

It's certainly true that adults are capable of learning languages to a high standard, but this is not convincing evidence.

@sato1108ss Or we stop caring because two years from now it'll all be irrelevant.

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