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You're doing GCSEs 2 years early? :eek:
Lol..You mean in French?
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Adults are better at short-term learning but they finally get overtaken by children by the first year. People who started learning the 2nd language late will never achieve a very good fluency. Those who started very early will.

Yeah, I wrote an essay on 2nd language acquisition. Horrible.
i wouldn't mind reading it either!
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i wouldn't mind reading it either!
Lol, why? It sucks.
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Lol, why? It sucks.
Do you mean the subject sucks or it’s just not a very good essay?
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Do you mean the subject sucks or it’s just not a very good essay?
Both. :p: I mean, I don't know if the essay sucks but it probably does.:p:
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Both. :p: I mean, I don't know if the essay sucks but it probably does.:p:
lol well if it's easy to do, send it to me, i'm interested
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Lol..You mean in French?
Oh right. I thought you were doing all of your GCSEs. Still good though.
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Oh right. I thought you were doing all of your GCSEs. Still good though.
GCSES in all languages?
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I think if an adult, at least someone in their 20s but I would hypothesise up to 40s and 50s, were to be immersed in a language to the same extent a child of 4/5 years is, not only would they learn as quickly as the child. I think potentially they would learn quicker.

I'm not sure if it's possible to actually fill our brains. Basic logic says it's possible in theory, because there's a finite space inside our skulls. However, regardless of whether we can, memory works best when we have several different threads of thought joining together in our brains. It's why mnemonics and such work so well. So when an adult approaches a language, they can make far more links to the new words, and can approach and see patterns in a more recognised way.

For instance if we look at Japanese, an adult learner can look at kanji characters in various contexts in a disciplined way. The same happens with children but more subconsciously, but just because it's subconscious doesn't necessarily mean it's 'better'. Even picking up a native accent is possible, as I've seen in a Japanese person who lived in England for 8 years. I was shocked when I heard her speak english, but I would say it was 100% indistinguishable from a native speaker.
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