Extroverts quicker at picking up a new language than introverts

Researchers examined whether extrovert-introvert tendencies affected English language proficiency among Chinese students in India, and how these traits influenced language learning.(Shutterstock) Extroverts learning a new language may be better at speaking and reading, but introverts are better listeners, scientists have found. Researchers examined whether extrovert-introvert tendencies affected English language proficiency among Chinese students in India, and how these traits influenced language learning. In Chinese culture, students are expected to listen to their teachers attentively, as opposed to Western culture where class participation is encouraged. Some studies have suggested that such…

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What’s worse? Visiting the dentist or picking a health insurance plan?

About one-fourth of consumers would rather file their taxes than go through the ordeal of selecting a health insurance plan, according to a recent UnitedHealthcaresurvey. About 28 percent would rather get a teeth cleaning. But this month, many Americans will have no choice but to begin the often-reviled exercise of choosing insurance for next year — a task made particularly painful by rising prices and, in some cases, fewer choices. According to several recent surveys, yet another reason may be behind consumers’ anxiety when it comes to choosing coverage: They…

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