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Old 12-28-2016, 03:25 AM
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Originally Posted by Bayesian View Post
Sounds pessimistic to me.

What is the definition of mid-childhood? 10 years old?
Jtur is definitely wrong. Although it does make it harder the older you get.

I started learning Spanish when I was 20 and 9 years later I'm pretty much fluent with a very little accent. It's definitely possible but I had a lot of things working for me.
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Old 01-15-2017, 01:26 AM
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Originally Posted by helloimage View Post
My two cents here: It's extremely difficult to be fluent in a second language as an adult...
I'm living in Italy three years but learning the language close to a decade now....no where fluency....I can understand everything, write it well, people can certainly understand me...
...I'd say I'm educated, learned the language in university, and at a language institute...but fluency is still a bit away! I started at 22! But don't let that discourage you...it's still a great journey learning a language. I make mistakes everyday in Italian and get strange looks when I make them but I'm now less shy and express myself even if I struggle to do so!
Whatevs! Lol.
Age is never a discouraging factor. People are supposed to just eat nutritionally sound. Blueberries, Potatoes, Orange Juice, Spinach, Legumes(Lentils, Beans) are all scientifically proven to boost memory, including focus. I feel more ready to speak other languages when feeling vitamin fortified: https://sunwarrior.com/healthhub/brain-foods Anyways, of course deep cultural immersion travel experience, and people connections to those countries, including family, are essential rational imperatives.
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Old 01-18-2017, 04:50 PM
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You probably have Spanish-language radio stations in your area. Listen to those as often as possible, especially news radio stations. Learn what the current events are and then listen to the Spanish radio broadcast to see how much you understand it by listening. If you have cable TV, seek out Spanish-language stations to watch. Of course, you can watch Youtube videos at any time. There are all kinds of language learning videos online.
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