'I'm Willing To Fight For It': Learning A Second Language As An Adult


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Becoming fluent in a second language is difficult. But for adults, is it impossible? Short Wave hosts Maddie Sofia and Emily Kwong dissect the "critical period hypothesis," a theory which linguists have been debating for decades — with the help of Sarah Frances Phillips, a Ph.D. student in the linguistics department at New York University.
You can watch a related video about Emily learning Mandarin here. It's part of the Where We Come From series.

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