Difficulty of Learning Languages

Difficulty of Learning Languages

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Many languages have been claimed to be the hardest language to learn. Assessments have been used to determine language difficulty based on the ease with which infants learn a language as their first language, and how challenging language is to learn as a second language by older children or adults. It may seem that totally new sounds would be hardest to learn, but actually this is not necessarily the case. These sounds do not always appear to pose significant problems for second language learners, unless they are radically different from classes of sound in the native language. The most difficult phoneme pairs to learn are often allophones of the same phoneme, as in Japanese learning to distinguish between /l/ and /r/. A study on speech comprehension by German immigrants to the USA and American immigrants to Germany found that native English speakers learning German as adults had a disadvantage on certain grammatical tasks, while they had an advantage in lexical tasks compared to their native German-speaking counterparts learning English.
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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 186g
  • Culp Press
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136764377
  • 9786136764375