Emotional intelligence & language acquisition

Q: Can a person who has a high EQ learn a second language easier and faster or not?

A: There is no necessary relationship between emotional intelligence and a cognitive ability like language learning. As I detailed in The Brain And Emotional Intelligence, the neural circuits that govern self-management and relationship skills – the two main parts of EI – are independent of the areas for verbal and other cognitive capabilities.

On the other hand, it may depend on how you are learning the language. The one way in which EI might facilitate language learning is if you go to that culture and learn the language by living there. The more naturally occurring opportunities you have to practice, the quicker your learning will be. And EI should make it easier for you to cultivate the ongoing relationships with people who can help you learn.