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Train Your Brain to Learn a Language by Yourself

Updated on February 12, 2013

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Learning a language can be tough. But there is a way to train your brain to make any language easier to learn
Learning a language can be tough. But there is a way to train your brain to make any language easier to learn | Source


It is Possible to train your brain to learn a language more easily.

Fact: Children learn languages much better than adults do.

They have a sort of language instinct. The science of language eludes that the brain of a child is hardwired for acquiring language. The secret to their ability is their cognitive structure, which is different than that of adults. But don't fret. There are ways to train your brain to better function when learning a new language.

Learn how to train your brain to learn languages as well as children

Children's brains are hardwired for learning language.
Children's brains are hardwired for learning language. | Source

Research on Language Learning Strategies

How to Train Your Brain to Learn Languages

The brain of a child is wired differently

The brain has been found to be as complex as it is powerful. But as it turns out, The brain of a child and the brain of an adult are complex in different ways. What makes the brain of a child better for learning language? The ability probably comes from the richness of the neural circuits. The brain works like an electrical grid. electrical impulses travel through tree-like structures in our cells to produce thoughts(That's as in-depth as needed for the scope of this article). We possess nearly every brain cell that we will ever have at birth. Our minds have an abundance of neural pathways but very few meaningful connections. as we reach our teenage years, our brains go through a pruning process that shut down excess or unnecessary connections.

The secret to learning a language is developing more neural connections in which to attach the thoughts, ideas, and words of a new language.

How to train your brain

The following steps will help your brain becomes more receptive to the rigors of language learning. They are unique to most language learning techniques because they focus on freeing up your mind to accept a new language. This contrasts greatly to the typical method of forcing the language information into your head in the form of boring flashcard memorization or repetitive practicing. While necessary to learning a language, the typical methods are far less effective if your brain is not wired to accept the information.

Get more sleep

Sleep is among the most basic needs of the human body. Sleep protects against everything from disease to psychological disorder. So it is no surprise that it's good for the brain too. Sleep helps consolidate information in memory and make it more readily available for recall. Furthermore, take naps if you feel tired. Your natural circadian rhythm fluctuates through out the day. If you take a nap you'll wake up more refreshed and benefit from the same effects of nighttime sleep.

Listen to music

Listening to music is a great way to improve your brain development. Research into the effectiveness of music for brain development in children and brain regeneration in patients with traumatic injuries is abundant. The research is also beginning to mount for the benefit of music in typical adult brains. Listening to music will improve neural development, the very thing that sets the brains of children apart from adults. Improved development will open the door to newer connections within the brain for your language studies.


That energized, alert feeling you get after finishing a nice jog is a great boost for your body. The benefits for your mind are the same. The increased blood flow and elevated brain activity will increase your overall memory functioning and may even contribute to the overall plasticity of the mind. In short, your brain will better and faster mold itself to your new language.

feed your brain

Much like sleep is needed to regenerate your brain, proper nutrition is also vital for cognitive functioning. Some studies suggest caffeine and sugar to provide a temporary boost in alertness. But these are only temporary solutions. Language learning is a lifetime endeavor, making It important to focus on lasting brain health. Eating lots of fish, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids, has been proven to aid in brain development. Anti-oxidants found in blueberries and chocolate also encourage brain development. Anti-oxidants clean your brain and help it breathe better. It's complicated and involves a lot of science, but think of omega-3 fatty acids as super-charged motor oil and anti-oxidants as a great air filter.

Maintain a breadth of interests

Nothing strengthens your brain better than using it! It works much the same way a muscle does. Exercising a part of your brain will make it work better. Letting it languish in disuse will weaken it. So keep training your brain muscles with exercises that target all the parts of your brain, from the visual, to the auditory, to the spatial and beyond. When each part works well, the whole thing will work well too.

Combine your interests with your studies

The most important way to train your brain to learn a new language is to combine your typical language study methods with your bredth of interests. The brain remembers best when a thought engages more parts of the brain. This is why strong memories often have particular smells or feeling attached to them. In fact, all of your senses are attached to your memories, your sense of smell having the strongest attachment. Therefore, The most important way to train your brain, now that you've done all you can to super-charge its functioning with the other steps above, is to tie in your language learning with other cells to make deep connections that won't fade. If learning about foods, eat the foods you are learning while thinking about the words and saying them to yourself; if learning about household furniture, sit in the furniture or rearrange it while practicing your vocabulary; if studying, light a candle of your favorite sense or listen to your favorite type of music(preferably music without lyrics). If you already have strong memories to something, capitalize on it. Find a translated version of your favorite song and sing it to yourself in the new language. You'll notice that the new words will become part of the memory. Remembering them will become as easy as remembering the original memory.

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      Ryan Buda 5 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

      Yes, that is very true! Funny how the brain of a child's innate ability to absorb a language so easily also makes them so susceptible to forget it.

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      Jake Brannen 5 years ago from Canada

      Interesting thoughts. What adults need to remember is that although they've grown out of their childlike ability to absorb a new language, it has been proven that adults can learn languages more quickly than children with their more fully developed intelligence and corresponding ability to understand a grammar book and memorize vocabulary.