Debate: Is Talent A Factor in Language Learning Success? (Podcast)

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On today’s episode I debate the concept of language talent with two guests. Yong Jun is a PHD student researching the philosophy of language. Katherine has appeared on the podcast before to discuss the culture of Chinese politeness. She is a Masters student in translation studies.

Both guests are language learning enthusiasts and have ample experience of learning languages to high levels. We discuss whether it’s meaningful to talk about having a gift for languages and whether it’s true that some learners really are more gifted than others.

This debate follows on from a blog I wrote a few months ago in which I outline why I don’t think ‘language talent’ is a helpful or meaningful concept.

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