Making the decision to learn a new language is not always easy, sometimes you are forced to learn it, because you moved to a new country for work or your company went global and now you must do business with people on the other side of the world. Challenges come every day in this globalized world and language learning is one of them. Repetitio mater studiorum est. Repetition is the mother of all learning. Often old(er) people will say, “I’m too old to learn a new language” But they are wrong; you can learn a new language at any age.

New research conducted at Cambridge University has demonstrated that all you need to do is see a word 160 times in 14 minutes to truly know it. What’s more, is that the scientists compared the memory traces of familiar words to the memory traces of the new word, and they were nearly identical! Learning is simple when you repeat.

Tragl is an excellent tool for learning by repetition, it is a two-way translator that works as a Bluetooth accessory with any smartphone and an app where you select your native language and the one you wish to learn. Just speak into its noise canceling microphone and hear the translation by its built-in speaker, automatically.

 So, don’t tell yourself that you can’t learn a new language, and don’t blame it on your old brain. You can, and science keeps finding evidence saying that your brain can too. Just remember that repetition is crucial for learning new languages (as well as anything else).