A contrastive analysis of first and second language learning

Rui Ting Wu, Van Tai Le, Jin Jin Lu

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Second language learning is increasingly important in the modern world. Second language learners often wonder why they have experienced so many difficulties when learning a second language, while they did not experience it when learning a first language. This study aimed to discover a way in which the second language learning can benefit from the first language learning. A random sample of 50 second language learners was used. The data gathering consisted of a questionnaire. A combination of both quantitative and qualitative approaches was utilised to analyse the data. The findings confirmed that the first language is indeed learned more easily than the second language. A number of recommendations have been made in relation to this study to assist second language learners to improve their second language learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)458-465
Number of pages8
JournalTheory and Practice in Language Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • First and second language
  • Input
  • Language learning
  • Output


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