Why do we learn our mother tongue so easily?

And… Why is it harder to learn a second language as an adult?

It has a lot to do with our brains. A recent study has shown that we adults are culture-bound listeners. Our brain is able to discriminate the sounds of our language, but not of others. However, babies are able to discriminate all sounds of all languages.

This begs the question: When do we lose this capability? The answer is before being one year old.

Then, is there a critical period for learning languages? What is happening in babies’ brains? Can we say «the sooner the better» regarding language learning?

If you want to know more, click on the link below: 

https://www.ted.com/talks/patricia_kuhl_the_linguistic_genius_of_babies/transcript

– Natalia