There are important principles to learning a language. These principles are proven and will jet propel the rate at which you pick up a language. Conversely, if you don’t use them, language learning becomes a hard slog to Moscow in Winter. Unfortunately, many language resources, don’t use these principles and, as a result, learners mistakenly believe they have no aptitude for learning a language. It’s not true – you do! You just need to use the the right tools.
Here are the 5 principles of language learning. We embedded these into our language learning games to help you learn a language faster, more easily and have fun! As a result you don’t have to study, write or work – just play and have fun.
1. The best way to build foreign vocabulary is through DISCOVERY LEARNING. That is the natural way we learned our first language. Hardly any products use this. Discovery Learning involves discovering what you want to know, when you want to know it. Some scientists call this the “Aha! Moment” or “Eureka Moment”. It’s when you “get it”. This is how our brains are hot-wired to learn a language. See how in this 2 minute video.
2. FUN is a hugely important factor but often overlooked. Many people give up learning a language because it becomes a chore. However if you enjoy it, you do it more. The more you do it, the more you learn. KLOO won Best Board and Card Game of the Year for being fun.
3. CONTEXT is crucial. By putting words into context you give your new vocabulary meaning. Meaningfulness is a central plank for getting words into your LONG TERM MEMORY. The best technique for learning words is to seek the meaning of a word (because you need to know it) and then use it in a sentence. Using it straight away helps to lock it in. See how in this 2 minute Video.
4. GENERATIVE means learning how words fit together to make a sentence rather than as unconnected words (as in vocabulary lists). If you learn how to use words in sentences you rapidly build up the number of ways you can express yourself. With just one deck of KLOO® you can make nearly 3 million sentences.
5. REAL PEOPLE means interacting with real people as opposed to learning from screens or audio devices. We learned our first language by talking with other people and all research shows this is the best way. Speaking with others will massively reduce your learning time. The person you are interacting with does not have to be fluent. A friend, parent or colleague who is willing to interact and learn with you will make a big difference.
Have fun learning a language!
- Language Learning Recommendation: Lang8 (expertscolumn.com)
- Why learning a second language is like a giant Sudoku Puzzle (languagepie.wordpress.com)
- The F Word in Language Learning – FUN (languagepie.wordpress.com)
- Correlation between age and language learning ability. (youngcosmopolitanist.wordpress.com)