July 21, 2013

Editorial: Why I'll Be Studying Spanish Forever - Language Learning in Middle Age

From http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2013/07/12/why-ill-be-studying-spanish-forever

Why I'll Be Studying Spanish Forever
By Beth Reiber
July 12, 2013

Today I am fluent in German, speak passable Japanese and remember bits of French, but studying Spanish in a twice-weekly class feels like the hardest language I’ve ever tried to learn. While I have some of the same motivations as I did with other languages — to enrich my life and travels — now, at midlife, I am also conscious that I’m doing something positive for my brain.

At different stages of life, different tools are employed to learn languages. Young children, for instance, often play games and sing songs. Teenagers muscle through rote memorization and adults often find study easier with books, audio programs, handwritten notes and other methods they’ve grown comfortable with over the years.

Read on at http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2013/07/12/why-ill-be-studying-spanish-forever

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