What winning a game of golf can teach us
Let me state from the outset I am thrilled that Europe won the golf. I love the Ryder Cup and the way Europe came from behind to beat the Americans was epic. I listened on the radio (alas I don’t have Sky TV) until the very early hours of the morning and the Cup was won. The reaction of the team and fans was extraordinary…fist pumping, hollering, hugs and weeping. It was emotional.
But seriously – why the fuss?
When you think about it, this event demonstrated that some European men were marginally better at hitting a small white ball into a hole. It is actually, from a rational perspective, a pretty pointless pursuit. They weren’t even playing for money for goodness sake. Niente. All you could win was a rather modest cup and bragging rights.
The truth is – it’s not rational – and there is no explanation It’s just what games do to humans. They fire up our passions and as you play them you automatically hone your skills to beat the next guy. As an ex Managing Director of IMG, the world’s biggest sports and entertainment company, I have seen it a thousand times. And it doesn’t matter what the game is…the reaction of those that play is the same – they try harder, they get involved, they have fun.
What if there was a brilliant MFL game?
So what if there were some really good MFL games – and the way to score points is by learning words and making sentences in a foreign language? And what if the points enabled you to power a small car in a Race to Paris or Madrid? What would happen? Well lots of teachers who have bought KLOO language games can testify to this already. You get mad keen kids (and adults!), learning words fast, speaking foreign sentences, having fun. It’s a guaranteed reaction.
Q: The main difference between KLOO Language Games and the Ryder Cup?
A: Learning a language is actually worthwhile.
Check out the video below: How players can make sentences with KLOO cards – even if an absolute beginner. The longer the sentence the more points you score!
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- Ryder Cup 2012: Europe alone believed they could overcome America’s 10-6 lead at Medinah (telegraph.co.uk)
- Seve looms large through Ryder Cup medium (standard.co.uk)
- Europe wins the Ryder Cup (dinmerican.wordpress.com)