My students of ESL from Guatemala all notice that bilinguals with Spanish and a Mayan language or only a "dialecto" learn English very fast. Any explanations?

asked 2015-03-22 19:19:16 -0400

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I checked a Quiche grammar and there are glottal stops in Quiche, the sh sound exists (not in Spanish) and the o umlaut of the English -er or -ir of "Thursday" My Spanish learners often say "Day after Wednesday" to make that word plain. On the other hand, does a bilingual person find a third language easier because of sociological forces of being less uptight? Brain neurons ready to form new connections? Or, is this just an urban legend?

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