Second language acquisition may depend on how brain talks to itself

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Learning a second language is easier for some adults than others, and innate differences in how the various parts of the brain “talk” to one another may help explain why, according to a new study led by MNI researchers. The findings have implications for predicting language learning success and failure.

First language wires brain for later language-learning

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In a paper published recently in Nature Communications, researchers from McGill and the Montreal Neurological Institute describe their discovery that even brief, early exposure to a language influences how the brain processes sounds from a second language later in life. Even when the first language learned is no longer spoken.