Tuesday, April 26, 2005

It's never too late to learn Japanese

This article in the Washington Post (registration at the Post is required but free) is about recent studies have found that learning a foreign language is possible even in old age. These results overturn conventional wisdom, which held that the ability to learn a language peaks early in childhood and subsequently declines and finally peters out in early adulthood.

In fact, linguist Robert M. DeKeyser says that many people who start learning a language in adulthood become proficient enough to become FBI translators. "Otherwise," he says, "we would have to close whole branches of the government."

In conclusion, if you're thinking of learning Japanese (link to Amazon.com), then don't let your age stop you!

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