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First Language v Second Language AcquisitionHow can a child learn language so quickly and how is that similar or different to how they pick up english later on in our classrooms? In this brief article I will attempt to highlight the differences between how children pick up their first language and how they pick up their second language. Then, a look at what can be improved upon for teachers of second languages. First, let us examine the environment in which the first language is picked up: a child is born and from their earliest memories (and indeed earlier) they hear language spoken all around them, by everyone, all the time. The technical term, input, is very high. Another feature is the relevancy and quality of that input; parents, friends, family all speak about issues, events, people that are very important and pressing to the learner. A further feature is the age of the learner (which was quickly referenced earlier); the first language is learned from the start of life and continues to their current age. The final feature is the physical abilities that are present while the first language is being learned. A child’s brain assesses information easiest