- All thoughts have a basis in the physical brain (although I believe in a soul).
- To change the physical brain you have to stimulate it with the external senses.
- Stimulate the brain’s via correct sensory input and you will learn.
if the mind is governed by the physical brain and all other physical
processes of the body, all we have to do is identify what is the most
efficient way to stimulate the brain via the optimal sensory input to
develop language skills, correct? Yes. It is that simple. There is
always an optimal way in everything in life. What does language
involve? It involves. Memory, memory recall, working memory, the
ability to imagine and construct ideas, to create metaphors and think
in abstractions. Numerous areas of the brain are used. Broca’s area is
the base but virtually every area of the higher cortical regions are
used. Some languages use more than others depending on the construct of
the language. For example, Chinese spoken by a native speaker uses a
much broader area of the brain than English spoken by an English
speaker. So how can you train your brain and all these areas of your
brain to think in a new language? The good new is if you have learned
to speak once you can do it again in another language, even
fluently. If have never learned a language after the age of 8 you never
will. Early on you did most of the work to learn a second language when
you learned your first. The imaginative, abstract, metaphorical
components of language are in place. You have to now learn the
vocabulary and basic grammatical structures. For example, knowing only
a few words in Polish, I was able to write a simple poem in
Polish. Here is the English translation.
I am waiting
I am waiting
Every night I see you in my dreams
When I awake you are gone
I am waiting
point is you already know 99% of what you need to know to learn a
foreign language. I was able to think abstractly and imagine and to
construct the poem with the thinking skills I learned as a child, just
use using a new vocabulary. You also know how to think in abstractions,
put ideas together. What is left?. Really just the vocabulary and
grammar. The grammar will come when you listen to the language, if you
learn the words. You are 99.9% of the way there then right? Yes.
physical part of the brain is the most important for learning a second
language? I would nominate the sea horse shaped area called the
hippocampus. This is a component of the limbic area or mid brain
involved in memory formation and recall.
So again what is the best way to learn a language?
What is the best way to learn a language is to learn the words.
How? Memory. Memory
and memory recall.What is the best way to memorizes? Exercises .You can
use memory tricks such as association or visualization found in any
memory book; these are great, but without testing and retesting you
will not make great progress. Since the brain responds to sensory
input. The only practical way to stimulate the brain is through sensory
receptors such as eyes and ears. Its the way we are built. As much as
science progresses our brain still receives information through our
eyes and ears etc., life after all is a sensory experience.
the top universities and hospital retrain areas of the brain after
tragic stoke or damage, how do they do it? Not through tricks or
gimmicks, but through exercise. With new confidence in neuro plasticity
universities are using basic exercises, training and retraining and
getting great results. Rehabilitation does not include repeating tapes
or reading long dialogues or memory tricks. To build and rebuild ECPs
and new neuro path ways, neuro science uses focus concentrated
With no tricks at all, testing and retesting will
build your natural memory and working memory which are critical
components for IQ and higher cogitative function. With exercise your
brain will respond faster than your body does to weigh lifting or
aerobics. It will naturally secrete nerve growth factors or NGF. When
your brain receives external stimulation from the sense, such as the
ears, a neurons creates a electro-chemical connection or a
pathway. This stimulation changes the physical brain. If you had an
electron microscope that could some how observe this in the specific
location, you would actually see your brain growth on a micro level,
with each new byte of information it stores. However, your brain is not
sure if it wants to keep this pathway in use. You brain tries to
determine if it will ever use this byte of information again.
neuro connections are like a small path though the woods that will be
quicly overgrown. However, with repeated use it will become a well
paved bike trail, then a road, the a super highway.
blaime the brain for not storing everything the first time? After all
would it really be useful to remember every TV commerical jingle you
ever herd? So your brain waits to see if you are going to use this
information. Therefore, the quicker you go through the testing and
retesting process the quicker your brain will say,”‘ok this is
important, I will retain this information”. This is how you learn.
conclusion, the brain responds and learns though repeated mental
challenges, if they are fun all the better, if you have a passion about
it this is the best. “All great things in life are achieved with