15.12.2010

One less excuse for not learning a foreign language

According to scientists learning languages is a matter of repeating words

    In order to build up your vocabulary you just need to listen to the new words. The brain can learn a new word in less than 15 minutes, according to scientists, whose finding will rob many of the excuse that they can't learn a foreign language.

    All one needs to do is listen to a word 160 times over that period, found Cambridge neuroscientists. After that the brain will have formed a whole new network of neurons specifically tasked with remembering that word. The process happens far quicker than previously thought, they found.


    The scientist´s conclusion: "What this suggests is that practising language is important. Every little helps. Just perception - listening - is helpful. Our volunteers didn't repeat the words."

    The research is published in the Journal of Neuroscience .

     
     
     
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