I often hear my students say that they are too old to learn French. But I do not entirely agree.
I think there’s really no ideal age to learn French, because it all depends on the individual and their skills and interests.
However, it is true that it is generally considered that children have the advantage of being able to learn a language in an easier and natural way, because their brain is still developing and is more flexible and malleable.
This means that they tend to acquire a new language faster and with less emphasis than adults.
Children have an innate ability to learn languages and imitate the sounds they hear.
According to the "critical window" theory of language learning, there would be a "window" of time during which it would be easier for a child to learn a new language.
This window would be opened in the early years of the child’s life and would gradually close during adolescence.
During this period, children have a remarkable ability to learn and use a new language fluently, without accent and with good grammar.
That said, we must not underestimate the ability of adults to learn French.
Although learning French may be a little more difficult for them, they often have more time and motivation to devote to it.
In addition, they have the advantage of having a life experience and a knowledge of their own language that allows them to better understand and learn French.
There are also scientific studies that show that the adult brain is able to adapt and develop throughout life, which means that it is possible to learn a new language at any age.
Studies have shown that learning a foreign language can even have beneficial effects on the adult brain, including improving memory and problem solving.
In the end, age is not the most important factor in learning a foreign language. What really matters is determination, motivation and devotion to learning.
If you are motivated and determined to learn French, you can succeed at any age.