The Beth and Jim Conversations 11
[Jim] ¡Hola Beth!
[Beth] Learning Spanish ROCKS in the ease department!
Every time you see an ‘a’ it ALWAYS sounds the same in the Spanish language. The same is true in the Spanish language for the ‘e’ and the ‘I’ and the ‘o’ and the ‘u’ while in English there are so many nuances and quirks and weird ways the vowels sound not to mention different consonant blends sounding different in various words in the English language.
It’s so true what you say Jim about the native or near-native accent a young child can develop when learning a second language in the very early years of life. Most experts agree that birth – age five is the prime ‘window of opportunity’ for a child to acquire a second, third and fourth language. Yet, it’s still quite easy for children to learn a new language all the way through about age 10-12 simply based on the way in which the brain segments language learning.
So there you have it my friend / amigo mío … learning Spanish is much easier than learning English in my eyes, particularly when a person begins before the age of ten!
Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!
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