Mother Tongue

Reflections

Young children somehow have the capacity to learn the language of their environment almost automatically. The capacity to pick up a mother tongue seems to be some kind of pre-given capacity of any human being. Through the mother tongue the child learns to think and communicate.

Comparing this process of mastering the mother tongue, at the time a child starts speaking, with the process of learning some foreign language at a later age, is really amazing. Under normal circumstances a child picks up its mother tongue in a perfect way. Anybody learning another language at a later stage in life, will only with great effort manage to master this language at the same level of his mother tongue .

On the other hand when a child is picking up its mother tongue, it is not been exposed yet to all the possible syntactical combinations and grammatical exceptions of that language. So it…

View original post 237 more words