How does mother tongue affect second language acquisition?


Todays food for thought is served up by Language Magazine upon a hot bed of controversy. The article, based on fascinating research from the University of Kansas, asserts that the closer one’s language is to the target language that is being learnt, the more a learner struggles with false cognates. Very true, but does it really make an English speaker’s job of learning Korean easier than learning other languages with shared roots or vice versa?

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