The Earlier You Learn English,
the Better Your English Will Be
There are many advantages to learning English at a young age. Since learning any language is quite difficult, it's important to get an early start on it. It makes sense that the more you practice something, the better you will be at it. Language learners have a lot to learn, and it takes a lot of repetition and feedback to become fluent.
Even more importantly, studies have shown that people are best able to pick up languages when they are young. Children have an amazing ability to learn things quickly. However, this talent fades as time goes on. As people age, it takes them longer and longer to learn new concepts. Therefore, it really is a good idea for people to start learning foreign languages when they are quite young.
Much has been said about the importance of starting to acquire a second language at an early age. While I believe there is a lot of truth to this belief, I do not think it is the most important factor to success. In my opinion, having the motivation and determination to excel at language learning is just as important as getting an early start.
Younger learners may be better prepared biologically to learn languages, but older learners can compensate for this by being more efficient. That is, they can develop improved strategies for memorizing new vocabulary and remembering grammar patterns. Because they are more mature thinkers, teenagers and young adults are more likely to develop useful learning plans and stick to them than are young children. Finally, it is a mistake to believe that anyone is too old to learn foreign languages effectively. To me, that is more of an excuse than a valid reason.