Ilene Springer
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It’s never too late to start. If you're having doubts of tackling a new language, then read here to understand all about the good and practical ways of taking those first steps.

Apr 13, 2017 12:00 AM
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Wise words, motivating article. Reminds me of an often-cited anecdote about the famous Spanish cellist Pablo Casals (1876–1973). At ripe old age he was interviewed by a young reporter; he asked the Maestro: “Mr. Casals, you are 95 and the greatest cellist that ever lived. Why do you still practice six hours a day?” And Casals answered, “Because I think I’m making progress.” Of course the level of most language learners is light-years away from Casals’ musical mastership, but the principle - to hang in there - is the same.
April 22, 2017
I started to learn Italian at the age of 47 and I have never looked back. It is now a passion which has resulted in making lots of new, wonderful friends and having some pretty amazing holidays in Italy. I would highly recommend language learning whatever your age!
April 14, 2017
This is really interesting. And i think that learning a new language helps you in all the different aspects. If you are mastering a foreign language, it will be good to help you as a tourist, talk with native speakers, for a new job or just to have fun. But to be interested learning a new language depends what is your native language. For exemplo, for us in Brazil, that speak portuguese, if we want to travel around the world, necessarly we have to learn a second language, as english or spanish. But if you are borned in UK for example, you already can travel around the world just with your native language. But naturaly that everything is a bit relative, because even if here in Brazil we speak portuguese and consequently we should learn a foreign language, but many times we don't learn. So much people in Brazil that don't speak a second language (even spanish that has some similarity with portuguese), in compare with the amount of inhabitants that we have here. 
April 14, 2017
Thank you for sharing. I am a English learner study by myself. Actually, working and taking care of my kids spend almost of my time, but I am happy of mastering another foreign language, That's the reason makes me work on with large effort. Keep moving forward. 
April 14, 2017
Having said that, the route of learning a new language for an elder is distinct from that of young learners that means different ages face different challenges in the course of accomplishing a language. 
April 13, 2017
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