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About dominikbeste

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  1. Although learning a language under the age of 5 is still considered easy, the brain actually learns to distinguish the various sounds of a language within the first 6 month of its life and then it becomes much harder. For example there are no 'English' L and R sounds in Japanese, so many native Japanese speakers find it difficult to distinguish L and R sounds. Read more at my other post here: http://linguaholic.com/english-language-general-discussion-thread/improve-your-understanding-of-english-pronounciation/
  2. Hello, I recently read an article in the Scientific American Mind (http://www.scientificamerican.com/magazine/mind/2014/07-01/ in case you get a digital copy of the magazine, the article I am referring to is called 'How to Teach Old Ears New Tricks' on pages 24-25) magazine about how to teach native Japanese speakers to distinguish between English L and R sounds. Apparently, the human brain develops to distinguish between several different sounds you hear in a language at a very young age, that is, between 6 and 12 months of age. After that time, you will no longer be able to pick up these so
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