We store 1.5 megabytes of information to master our native language, study finds.

Learning a language is a remarkable feat. The amount of cognitive effort it takes for a newborn to learn a language is tremendous. We often don’t realize this because children do it seemingly effortlessly and rapidly. But it’s not what it looks like. New research shows that language acquisition requires an enormous amount of cognitive function rather than just something encoded in our genes, as previously thought.

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