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"The mother tongue alone is well pronounced because it was established in the period of childhood; and the adult who learns to speak a new language must bring to it the imperfections characteristic of the foreigner's speech: only children who under the age of seven years learn several languages at the same time can receive and reproduce all characteristic mannerisms of accent and pronunciation."  Maria Montessori, The Montessori Method, Chapter 18, p.315-16, Schocken Books, Inc., 1964.
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"The development of articulate language takes place in the period between the age of two and the age of seven: the age of perceptions in which the attention of the child is spontaneously turned towards external objects, and the memory is particularly tenacious...It is well known that it is only at this age that it is possible to acquire all the characteristic modulations of a language which it would be vain to attempt to establish later."  Maria Montessori, The Montessori Method, Chapter 18, p.315, Schocken Books, Inc., 1964.