Babies and Learning New Languages: No Super Computer Can Beat Them But Timing Matters


Read Why babies brains are the ‘best learning machines ever created’

“Science indicates that babies’ brains are the best learning machines ever created, and that infants’ learning is time-sensitive. Their brains will never be better at learning a second language than they are between 0 and 3 years of age,” says coauthor Patricia Kuhl, codirector of I-LABS and a professor of speech and hearing sciences.

English and Other Language: Talking “Dog” in 14 Languages


Have some fun with your heritage language learners!  Find other animal sounds in this Blog.


For Language Teachers: “CAN DO” STATEMENT


ACTFL publication of an interesting interview at

Research on the Brain and Language Learning: First language wires brain for later language-learning


Remember that the development of the first language(s) had direct implications for the acquisition of additional ones.  Downloadable paper at

Podcast and Article: Research Shows Spanish Speakers Take Longer To Learn English. Why?


It probably has a lot to do with SES and parent educational background, as well as the availability of L1 communities.  What do you all think?  Read more in Research Shows Spanish Speakers Take Longer To Learn English. Why? 


Learning a language has a lot of benefits, including making you more tolerant


We as language professionals already know this but do your colleagues?  If not, share this resource with them:

Is it More difficult for Adults to LEarn a New Language? Not Really


Each age group has advantages and disadvantages for learning new languages.  Read more about adult learners in the post 6 Ways Learning A Language As An Adult Is Different Than Learning It In School at

The main discussion points, excerpt:

  • Believe it or not, you might have a cognitive advantage
  • You’re actually interested in what you’re learning this time
  • You probably already have a foundation to draw from
  • You can focus on what you want — and need — to know
  • Learning happens on your own time
  • App-based learning has changed the game entirely

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