Meet my friend Yukine.
She's 7 years old and speaks 5 languages: English, Spanish, Japanese, German and Sign Language.
When I visited the Canary Islands recently, we sat down for a chat, and I asked her about her languages and what she likes about each of them.
Now, it's a common myth that children are much better language learners than adults.
Unfortunately, this is a myth that's perpetuated wherever you go, and is often used by adults to justify not trying so hard themselves…
Children just soak up languages like a sponge, but it's too late for me now.
When you watch this video, you may find yourself feeling the same thing.
But I want you to look a bit deeper into exactly how Yukine has managed to learn these languages, because there's a very important lesson in there.
Here are the facts:
So, has she just “picked up” all these languages?
[Tweet “It's no accident when children manage to learn multiple languages.”]
Whether she knows it or not, Yukine has accumulated 1,000s of hours doing the exact things that result in successful language learning.
It's no accident.
As regular readers of the blog will know, these are exactly the same success factors that I spend my time encouraging people (i.e. adults) to go after…
It really is no different whether you're 7 or 70! 🙂
Of course, the big advantages that kids have, are plenty of time on their side, and an unquestioning attitude, that means they'll just do anything.
Adults tend to be busy, and will often sabotage their progress by demanding “progress now!”, getting frustrated, and moving on to the next new thing.
So, think about how Yukine has learnt her languages.
Then, compare it to the last 6-12 months of your own language learning.
What one change could you make to be more successful this year? Let us know in the comments below!
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