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Do Kids Really Learn Languages Faster Than Adults?

Do Kids Really Learn Languages Faster Than Adults?

By Daven Hiskey

But the truth is, while the notion that kids learn languages faster and more easily is an almost universally held belief, even among some linguists, it turns out adults actually learn languages faster and, in some sense, more easily than kids. So how did the idea that kids learn languages faster become so pervasive and how do we know it’s not true? When discussing whether kids learn a first language faster than adults, studies to date do strongly support this idea. Of course, when people talk about kids being able to learn languages faster than adults, nobody is discussing first languages- they are lamenting how difficult it is to learn a second language. It still takes them many years of practice to become fluent in this second language at anywhere close to an adult-like level.