Does Learning A Second Language Lead To A New Identity?
By Arturo Hernandez / August 11, 2014
Every day I get asked why second language learning is so hard and what can be done to make it easier. One day a student came up to me after class and asked me how his mother could learn to speak English better. She did not seem to be able to break through and start speaking. Perhaps you or someone you know has found learning another language difficult.
So why is it so hard?
There are a lot of explanations. Some have to do with biology and the closing of a sensitive period for language. Others have to do with how hard grammar is. People still take English classes in US high schools up to senior year. If a language were easy, then native speakers of a language would not have to continue studying it to the dawn of adulthood….