It is generally thought that words are learnt through the left brain. But in reality there is both left brain verbal learning and right brain verbal learning. Learning a language becomes far easier and perfect when the left and the right brain learning interlock. While a second language is taught to a child in school the left brain learning methods are used. On the other hand children much younger (between 0 to 3 years of age) use predominantly right brain learning and they are able to learn and have a good command of their mother tongue within these three years itself.
Infants don’t understand the meaning at first but absorb large quantities of words into the right brain. Parallely the left brain links words to images in the right brain and comprehends and records these. Thus the right-left brain interlocking happens.
After six years of age, the left brain functions more predominantly and it suppresses the effective functioning of the right brain, thereby learning using both hemispheres of the brain becomes difficult.
The left brain learning method is as stated earlier to process from parts to the whole and is a successive and sequential building-up process: it learns consciously and is a method requiring comprehension and memorization. The left brain has an ability to manage what it has learnt using the prepositional learning method.
In contrast, the right brain does not require comprehension and memorization: the absorption of information is done unconsciously and in great quantities and the right brain uses its appositional methods to manage incoming data and information in a holistic manner. If appositional method is included in the process of language learning, language mastery becomes a cakewalk.
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