23 thoughts on “Why Can't Adults Learn Languages Like Children?”

  1. I disagree with so much in this video, an I'm probably not the only one. You are basically saying that Westerners can't ever speak those Indian languages properly, which is obviously false. Never seen a polyglot speak an English language? Also from my own English learning expirience, I can say that you really can start to think in English, I even do that myself. The key? A lot of comprehensible input. In other words binge watching the english part of YouTube. And this method is actually really similar to how babies learn language. The thing is, language learning is mostly a subconscious process, which is often forgotten, and adults obviously still have the subconscious mind and can learn languages.

  2. Adults are more biased. Children haven't formed a bias.
    I'm a polygot, and your second language is the hardest to learn. After that, learning more languages becomes easier.
    Already know English (duh), Hindi, Sanskrit, German, and learning Mandarin.

  3. My completely unbacked opinion:
    As you get older, you begin to think in and understand your verbal language a lot more. Ever notice how you often know what your thought is before it formed in words inside your head. I think that your mind associates ideas with words as much as it associates beliefs with the world. It’s VERY difficult to change your beliefs and so it’s difficult to ‘change’ your language.
    Again, no evidence. Literally just some thoughts I tried to convey coherently which may include stuff I’ve heard elsewhere – even possibly in this video (I tend to forget things in < 5s 🙂

  4. A young child is forming an emotional connection with every word. They aren't thinking 'what is the equivalent word for 'cake' ' for example. They're thinking about the taste, smell and the situations they encounter it like birthdays etc. It forms their whole basic understanding of the world. Whereas an adult is mostly learning a different variant word for everything they already know and have processed about life.

  5. reminds me of neural networks work ..
    or is it that neural networks were designed to work like the human mind?

  6. My favorite favorite is the Japanese す (su) vs the Japanese つ (tsu). To someone who exclusively speaks English they seem like the same sound, have you ever heard someone say tsunami? That t is there because it's in Japanese, it's not actually a silent and it is pronounced.

  7. Other animals can't converse with you in human languages for obvious reasons, though. They don't have the physical capability, no matter how much any given animal can or can't learn to understand.

  8. I am billingual and I think in both languages depending on the thing that im thinking of, my environment and the language I spoke last

  9. Is it weird that I'm Estonian but since I'm surrounded by English (the internet) its gotten so inside of me that I sometimes think in English

  10. The easiest way to learn a language is to be surrounded entirely by people speaking said language. Still hard, but its your best shot.

  11. What I find interesting is that learning two languages as a kid doesn't seem to be that much harder than learning one. I wonder if you could pick two languages to raise a child in with significantly different sounds and increase their ability to sound like a native speaker in an arbitrary language when they're older?

  12. The only way to learn a language is not only to take classes but to surround yourself with that culture and enviroment

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