Nov 11 • 37M

What a Young Brain Can Do

It takes total immersion, typically from childhood, to truly learn a language.

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Hunters on Yimas Lake in Papua New Guinea

It’s tempting to imagine that a sentence will translate rather neatly, word by word, from one language to another. It’s also naive. English, after all, is relatively straightforward, while most languages are far more gunked up with complexity — perhaps none as much as Yimas. John explains.