The question in the title is strongly shortened. In full-length it goes like this:

Do people who speak fluently two languages (which they have learned as a child) that are quite different from each other (e.g. German and Arabic) learn a third language as a foreign language which is quite different from the other two (e.g. Chinese) more easily than those who speak fluently only one language learn a second language as a foreign language?

  1. Is there evidence by studies?
  2. To which extent?
  3. Depending on age?

References to specific studies are welcome!

The question aims at linguistic universals (à la Chomsky), not at learning techniques.

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