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Five Facts about Language Learning Backed by Science

5 Facts about Language Learning Backed by Science

Here are five fun facts about language learning backed by science!

 

1. Spaced repetition really works

Spaced repetition is a language learning technique that helps you keep the words you learn fresh in your memory. You learn them once, then you take a break, then you study them again, take a break again, and so on and so on. You increase the breaks as you go along to stretch your brain when recalling the words.
There are a number of studies into the benefits of spaced repetition and they seem to agree that spacing out your learning can help you learn more effectively.


 

2. Mnemonics really works as well

Mnemonics is a memorization technique that doesn’t just help you remember new words but it also helps you recall them when you need them during a conversation.
Research suggests that mnemonics is indeed an effective technique for recalling what you’ve memorized.


 

3. Adults can learn languages successfully at any age

Research suggests that learning a language becomes more challenging as we age.
However, it seems that this change is not biological but rather perceptual. This means that with the right kind of approach, adults can learn languages as effectively as children.
And it’s definitely not the case that learning a language later in life is impossible! Indeed, adults can be better learners than children in some respects. They’re better at reflecting on their learning, understanding their own strengths and weaknesses, and learning in a structured and productive way.


 

4. Bilinguals have more grey matter than monolinguals

A 2015 study suggests that people who speak two languages have more grey matter in parts of the brain than those who just speak one language.
The study also showed that there was no evidence of more grey matter in people who were bilingual in one spoken language and a sign language.


 

5. Learning a language improves cognition later in life

There has been various pieces of research that suggest that learning a language can delay the onset of dementia and improve general cognition later in life.
Another interesting point that’s come up is that because learning a language later in life may be more challenging than when you’re young, it’s actually good for your brain because it exercises it more.
 
 


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