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249 pages, Paperback
First published March 6, 2014
"Speaking a foreign language improves the functionality of your brain by challenging it to recognise, negotiate meaning, and communicate in different language systems. This skill boosts your ability to negotiate meaning in other problem-solving tasks as well.There are numerous other websites which discussed the benefits. Learning a new language has been successfully used in stutter-therapy, for instance. Something brainy and beautiful is happening if you do it! Learning a new language can even: stall the onslaught and beginning of Alzheimers as well as Dementia
When people think that speaking a language means nothing less than being able to debate Kantian philosophy, with no accent or hesitations, then it can indeed feel like it would take decades to be able to say that you can actually speak a language. (...) I don't now about you, but my English isn't perfect. I hesitate when I'm nervous, I forget precisely the right word every now and again, and there are plenty of topics I'm uncomfortable talking about. Applying higher standards to your target language than you would to your native language is overkill
Way too much emphasis is put on speaking with no accent, as if being a spy is the ultimate point of your language project rather than communicating with other human beings