How did people first learn other languages and figure out what the equivalents were in their own?

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How did people first learn other languages and figure out what the equivalents were in their own?

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Most likely by holding or showing objects while repeatedly saying the word for. Like pointing to yourself and saying your name.

How did you and other people learn your native language as a baby? Babys are not born with the knowledge of a language they learn it.

You can learn languages as an adult in the same way. Your brain might be fewer flexibles as it is set in its way but the general the same methods works.