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Genes and the Ability to Learn a Foreign Language

Singapore has four official languages- English, Tamil, Malay and Mandarin. So if you are able to speak more than one language it can improve your job prospects in Singapore, drastically.
Some people can learn a second or even third language more easily than others. One wonders if it is just a talent or is there something more to it. Now a new study claims to have proof that the ability to learn multiple languages may be more hardwired into our brain than previously thought- maybe at the genetic level.
A group of University of Austin researchers have found that variations in the FOXP2 gene strongly influence your chances of learning a new language as an adult. The study found that some adults, far from have difficulties in grasping new languages, have exceptional language learning skills. The researches said that understanding this variation can actually help design improved language learning tools in the future.

This means, if you want to learn a new language it may not be so difficult as you think it is. On the other hand, some of you might have to work harder to learn a new language. But here too, you can achieve success by changing how you learn rather than giving up the attempt altogether. So all those of you who are attending language classes, don’t give up.


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