In the past, research has suggested that after a young age, our brains rapidly lose the ability to learn languages as proficiently. Factor in the adage that says “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” and you might as well give up, right? Not so fast. While language learning may not stick as quickly for older learners, adults have the advantage of already knowing their best learning strategies and applying their knowledge of their native language to learning a new one. Additionally, a recent study showed that adolescents and adults actually outperformed children when using their new language skills in a controlled setting. Learn more about the benefits of learning a language later in life from Forbes.