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How Languages are Learned

I have an ongoing interest in language and especially how it works. As a result I was rather interested in reading How Languages are Learned, a textbook on language acquisition, particularly second language acquisition.

While the content of this book is reasonably good, all it stood to show is that people do not, ultimately, know a great deal about language acquisition. There are many theories, most of which come down to common sense, and no convincing research overwhelmingly favouring any of them.

Furthermore, the focus of this work is on the teaching of languages – how classes should be run and so forth. As I am more interested in a theoretical understanding of how the learning actually works, this wasn’t quite what I was looking for.

Nevertheless an interesting read, but not one I would suggest for anyone but serious language lovers.

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