Learning World: Learning Foreign Languages
Learning Foreign Languages: Musicality
Musicality is one of the key factors influencing our ability to learn foreign languages. In this episode of Learning World, we explore studies on what makes some people more "talented" with learning new languages. Musicians might have an edge, but Professor Reiterer says that there are many more factors that improves language learning. Biological factors like DNA, social factors like education and linguistics ones such as familiarity of the new language with the mother tongue... However, no one is particularly un-talented for learning new languages! Moreover, her studies say that there is no upper age limit to learn.
Learning Foreign Languages: Bilinguals, Trilinguals and more
In this episode of Learning World, we go to Euronews Headquarters in Lyon to meet a multicultural, modern family.
With a Russian mother, Portuguese father and a French background, these children are trilinguals already.
Studies show bilingual children have more empathy and are better problem solvers. Bilingualism may slow down the onset of Alzheimer's disease. But despite the advantages, the key is to make sure kids have at least one main language. Without a stable foundation in one of their mother tongues, bilingual children may become semi-literate, becoming unable to express themselves clearly one language at a time.