The WSJ has an interesting article today on the impact of word structures in different languages for learning math. It turns out English is one of the tougher languages to learn elementary math in – Chinese, Japanese, and Turkish are easier.

An informative example is the word for “17”. In Chinese, Japanese, and Turkish, the literal translation is ‘ten-seven’, but in English we use “seventeen”. This logic is hard for young english speakers to learn, slowing their development of math concepts.

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