Our study had some limiting factors, which highlight the need for more research.First, all of the learners we tested spoke either Polish or Russian as their first language, and both of these languages, like German, have grammatical gender.You don’t need to start telling knock-knock jokes, but if you have a funny anecdote or two in your arsenal, don’t be afraid to share.’ ‘Most of what we communicate is through our body language rather than words.Folded arms and legs creates a physical barrier that implies you’re closed off. And don’t be afraid to make eye contact – it’s a great way to show your date that you’re interested.’ ‘There are few things more attractive than someone who gives us their undivided attention.Every time I mark a run of scripts from my adult students, most of whom are from non-English-speaking backgrounds, I find that while they are amazingly good at using a wide range of vocabulary, appropriate style and complex grammar, they often struggle with some simple grammatical rules.
No longer embarrassing or, God forbid, cringe-worthy, half of all single people now use online dating sites to find love. There are literally hundreds of dating sites out there.But it is both easier and more important for children to quickly become good in a second language they hear spoken around them. Children can spend more time and effort on learning than adults who have many competing demands; the motivation for children to fit in is much higher, and the habits of pronunciation and grammar of their first language are less deeply ingrained and thus easier to overcome. None of these factors have anything to do with a specific critical period for learning languages, but all of them do make younger learners of a new language eventually outperform older ones.In addition to this overall and gradual advantage for younger learners, there is one notable qualitative difference: even very good older language learners differ from younger ones when it comes to using grammar correctly and consistently.In article-noun combinations (such as “the garden” or “the house”) German requires the article to match the gender of the noun, so that the masculine noun show a strong brain response to this error, typical of detecting a grammatical mistake.The 66 second-language learners often either had no response at all or appeared to treat it like an error of word choice, not of grammar.