“Some languages seem harder than others. Does that mean that the brains of people who speak those languages are more stimulated?” asks Maria Júlia, aged 14, São Lourenço, Brazil.

Is learning a second language harder for adults? Do some languages make you smarter? Is reading different?

In her latest article for The Conversation’s Curious Kids series, Prof Antonella Sorace discusses how, in certain, particular ways, some languages can be harder to learn than others.

Read more on The Conversation website.