Why can we never speak another language fluently?

Every language has a rhythm. Think of fast talking Spanish people, or a slow talking German person. The speed of a language also influences the way you dance, make music, and other forms of tempos in your life.

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Prof. dr. Marc van Oostendorp

Prof. dr. Marc van Oostendorp is hoogleraar Fonologische microvariatie aan de Universiteit Leiden, wat in gewonemensentaal betekent dat hij de kleine variaties in de uitspraak van taal bestudeert. Als een ware professor Higgins - de taalkundige uit "My Fair Lady" die de precieze herkomst van elke  voorbijganger raadt door kort te luisteren naar het accent van iemand - bestudeert Marc van Oostendorp de onvoorstelbare veelzijdigheid van de uitspraak van een taal. (foto: Saskia Aukema)

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Why can we never speak another language fluently?

Every language has a rhythm. Think of fast talking Spanish people, or a slow talking German person. The speed of a language also influences the way you dance, make music, and other forms of tempos in your life.

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