I’ve met a lot of people who have an amazing talent for learning languages. Unfortunately, these people often think they have no talent.
It’s especially worth mentioning the two groups below, because you may be a part of one or both of these groups.
If you’re a genius, it really helps to know it!
Two Groups of Language Learning Geniuses
1. People who can identify regional or foreign accents well in their own language.
2. Musicians of all kinds and all levels of ability.
Why Foreign Accent Identification Is a Marker for Language Genius
The ability to recognize accents is really the ability to identify subtle differences in the sounds of your own language. This is a key marker of language-learning talent.
If you can tell the difference between a Brooklyn accent, a Boston accent, and a Chicago accent, you have a huge amount of language learning talent.
Yes, you will still have to learn to identify and then copy the subtle sounds of your new language; but because you learned to do this in your first language, you will be able to learn it in your new language too.
What if You Can Identify Accents but Can’t Copy Them?
If you can identify foreign and regional accents in English, but you still can’t copy them, don’t worry. It’s the ability to identify subtle sounds that is the key talent.
If you already have it, then celebrate, because you’ll soon learn to copy the sounds of your new language with just a little bit more work.
Why Musical Ability Is a Marker for Language Genius
Musicians of all types and all abilities always have a huge amount of linguistic ability too. Languages and music have much in common.
Language and music both have rhythm, meter, and intonation. Languages and music both have pitch, tempo, and sometimes even melody.
If you are a musician, the musical skills you already have overlap very strongly with the skills you will need to speak your new language.
What if You Can’t Identify Regional Accents and You Aren’t a Musician?
If you can’t identify regional accents and you’re not a musician, you will still be able to learn a new language. It will just take more work.
Remember that every year, thousands of profoundly deaf and hearing-impaired people learn to speak languages that they have either never heard or never heard well!
What if You Are a Good Musician and You Can Copy Accents Well?
If you’re a good musician, and you can copy every accent you ever heard, you are going to do very well at learning foreign languages.
You have a lot of talent for languages.
You will still need a good method for learning your favorite language … like the Language101.com program … but you are going to do very, very well.