Do I have a talent for language?
Is there such thing as the language gene?
That's a very difficult question to answer and I guess we'll never know for the simple reason that it's very hard, even impossible to draw a line between hard work and talent, hard work and genes.
To me is more about environment, developing an interest in foreign languages as a child, having an ear for language
I think that those who seem to learn languages faster have developed a certain interest in languages at a very young age. Interest in the way various languages sound. Not necessarily in studying the language but rather in the rhythm and melody of various languages. And even have an interest in their native language and its regional dialects.
And the other thing is having an ear for languages. You have to have developed an ear for accents in particular. It’s not about putting on an accent, speaking with a posh British accent, no it's not about that. It’s about being able to hear various accents.