Learning Languages: Can Old Dogs Be Taught New Tricks?

We all know the age old saying “Old dogs can’t learn new tricks”. But is this actually true?

Nic was joined by Peter Rodger, Head of Applied Linguistics Department at Macquarie University to discuss a new study from Germany. It suggests that it may not such a bad thing to learn a new language later in life, showcasing that students who began learning English in third grade were more proficient with language than first grade starters.

The two discussed the interesting result, the complex nature of what goes into effectively learning language, and what the potential optimal age could be.

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