Brisbane location to be announced. (March 21)
Melbourne March 9 in the lobby 7 pm
Lygon Lodge Comfort Inn Studio Apartments
220 Lygon Street, Carlton, Carlton
Sydney March 16 in the lobby 7 pm
AEA Bridgeport Apartments
38 Bridge Street, Sydney 2000 NSW
Ph: 02 9315 8066
Hope to see you there.
March 3, 6.30 pm at this hotel.
Aristotles North Shore
20C Link Drive, North Shore
(Click here for meet ups in Australia)
Just a reminder that I will be in Australia and New Zealand in March. Anyone interested in a meet up?
Proposed dates for meet ups:
Auckland Mar 2
Melbourne Mar 9
Sydney Mar 15
Brisbane Mar 21
I hope to meet some LingQers , language enthusiasts and their friends. Anyone available?
A recent study shows that adults can learn languages better than children. There are other studies that show children as better at learning languages, and point to a critical period after which it is more difficult to learn languages. We know empirically that children, especially children under 10 or 12, become fluent in a new language more quickly than adults, with better pronunciation although often with a more limited vocabulary.
In fact it is motivation and attitude, not age, that determines our ability to learn languages. Most, if not all, polyglots, learn most of their languages as adults. Adults are often more inhibited or self-conscious, and have less opportunity, or are less willing, to socialize with people of another language group, whereas children just blend in to their new environment.
The only thing that matters is that we can learn at any age. If we are 50 there is no point in wondering if we were able to learn better when we were 5. If you can motivate a child to learn a language when young, great. Otherwise it is never too late to start.
Does age affect language learning? I am sure it does for young children, but beyond that I think we can learn languages at any age. Here is a video I did in response to a request from Stefan.
Evgueny, one of my Russian tutors at LingQ, and I, have started a series of discussions on Russia, in Russian. This material is for our Library at LingQ, and so I try to keep my comments (full of errors) to a minimum, mostly a few questions here and there. Evgueny is knowledgeable and most interesting to listen to. The audio and text of this series are available in our Library, of course. Here is the most recent episode where we talk of Russia today and yesterday.
The name of the Collection in the Lingq Library is:
НОВЫЙ РУССКИЙ ПОДКАСТ
What do we mean by knowing a word. Here is a video on the subject.