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Journal 3 Post

lesaluna12's picture

This past week I read Noa’s Ark which, in my opinion was truly interesting. The author explains in his book how he and his wife decided to teach their daughter Hebrew, English and Spanish. What caught my attention was the fact that they wanted to teach their child three different languages. I thought to myself, can that be hard for a child to do as they grow up? For instance, based off of my experiences, I had a rough time learning English in elementary school as a second language and being able to flow between that and Spanish which, I spoke at home. But to learn three languages at a young age? I remember I decided to learn French in middle school and took it all throughout high school as well but that was because I wanted to do that. Meanwhile, Noa didn't decide to learn three languages she was just taught. Although throughout the text he mentions how well she has managed to make use of all three languages it makes me wonder what was Noa's "aha!" moment when she realize that she could speak three different languages?


ckeifer's picture

I took Psych of Language at

I took Psych of Language at Haverford and one of the little tidbits of information that really struck me was that babies are able to differentiate between languages. Their brains automatically build separate pathways and make unique connections when different languages are spoken.  This makes me wonder if the "aha" moment wasn't actually about being able to speak three languages but rather noticing that not everyone speaks three languages and that isn't the norm.