Should language learners try to sound like native speakers?

Today we bring you the latest segment in a video series by Voxy’s Chief Education Officer, Dr. Katharine Nielson, who’s answering all your nitty-gritty questions about how people learn languages.

When teaching and learning a second language, we often look to the native speaker as the ultimate model, but is this a reasonable goal? Most learners will never have the same command of grammar as native speakers, but does that mean we shouldn’t focus on improving their grammar skills? According to Dr. Nielson, it all comes down to why learners want to learn a second language and how they plan on using it in the real world.


Did you miss the first video of the series? Check out Dr. Nielson’s detailed overview of second language acquisition here.

Dr. Katharine B. Neilson, PhD, is Voxy's Chief Education Officer.
Dr. Katharine B. Nielson, PhD, is Voxy’s Chief Education Officer.