12 Jan 2017
Never too late to learn English
As the British author George Eliot (1819-1880) once said:
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
And he’s right.
Learning English with us at Sounds English can open up a whole new world, new possibilities and help to keep your brain active and healthy. In years gone by, we used to have very fixed view of the workings of the brain. In other words, what you were given was your lot – you either could do something or you couldn’t. Period.
Thanks to an absolute ton of research (this all started with a study of cab drivers in London, believe it or not,) we now know that whatever your age, your brain can be trained, you CAN learn new things – including English, whatever your Mother tongue, whatever your age.
For the curious, this is called neuroplasticity – changing or rewiring your brain, physically and functionally.
And, one of the best ways to do this is to do puzzles, like crosswords or Sudoku – and learn a new language.
We know that English is the accepted language of the business, scientific and travel sectors, so whatever stage of life you’re at, learning to read, write and speak English will benefit you, whatever your age.
You might be close to retirement age, thinking about taking that long-planned trip around the world, cruise or whatever. One of your best travel companions will be the English language. Wherever you go in the world, you’ll find English speakers, signs and entertainment.
You’ll never be stuck again.
And the good news keeps coming for those of us of a more, shall we say, more mature vintage!
You’ve already learned how to learn, to teach yourself new things – this is something that youngsters struggle with, even though they apparently ‘soak up knowledge like a sponge’ – they tend to learn by repetition, without fully using their cognitive skills.
The American Psychological Association proved that this was the case in their study of ‘Age-related differences in self-regulated learning’ (2013). What they found was interesting in that, in testing language recall skills, whilst the youngsters could recall more words, the older generation had devoted time to learning the higher value (but less common) words – clever huh?
That’s experience for you!
If you’ve been thinking that it’s too late for you to learn a new language – English – you couldn’t be more wrong! You’re in a great position and there’s never been a better time. And, with our help at Sounds English, it could be easier, cheaper and faster than you ever thought possible.
What are you waiting for?
Join us at soundsenglish.com and start your journey today? There are FREE lessons, booklets and tests to find your level of understanding – and a FREE trial!
You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain, whatever your reason for wanting to learn English. No matter how old you are, you can do it and help keep your brain healthy – science proves it!
We look forward to welcoming you.