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I've come across this sad article in National Geographic:
It looks like the number of languages in the world is on a steady decline. I find that incredibly sad. Do you think this trend will stay and there will be even less languages in the future?
Actually, linguee is THE BEST! I've had to do a lot of translation lately (work reasons), and I have no idea how I would have coped without it. Of course, you still need to know the language to be able to distinguish good variants from bad ones (and some plain wrong). However, it's been a huge help for me. I'm so glad I found this site, if you know about others, please share
I'll try mymemory, thanks a lot for the link, @OmniHead !
Glad to have you with us! I see you are learning Finish - kudos to you. I really like the way it looks but from what I was able to find out, it's incredibly difficult to learn.
Hope to see on the forum and join in our discussions about various languages
Couldn't agree more. Honestly, I'm not sure what's the big fuss about "early". "Let's learn as earlier as possible! Let's make children learn when they are 5! 3! 1! Better still, when they are still in the mother's womb!"
I suspect that this is one huge pretext for grown-ups not to do any serious studying. "Oh, if only I was younger, but now, my memory is not the same... so no, I can't really learn English.."
I have heard people say this so many times that frankly, I'm getting tired of it. You don't want to learn a language/play the guitar/enjoy Thai cuisine? That's totally fine! Nobody is forcing you to do it. But why do people keep pretending that they "really, really" want to but cannot because they are "too old"? Don't get it
My personal experience is rather the opposite. It's true that when I was a child or teenager I was able to concentrate for longer periods of time. Maybe my memory was slightly better too. But so what? I didn't have any experience, organizational skills, ability to motivate myself and a lot of other useful stuff that you acquire with passing years. My learning is definitely more efficient now than it used to be. And I don't think I'm a sort of unique, incredible exception to the rules.