How to quickly learn a language using word groups!
Einstein once observed “Compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe.” He was referring to how growth on growth produces astonishing results and is used by investors to grow their money piles.
However, not many people realise that the same principles can be applied to language learning. Indeed, by carefully selecting the words you learn into word groups, then your ability to speak another language will also be exponential. You will be putting to use the same forces that Einstein wondered at.
Let’s say we wanted to learn 60 words. If we learned 60 nouns, how many sentences could we make?
Nouns don’t work together to make a sentence. That’s why its best to work in word groups.
OK let’s try this differently…let’s start with a pronoun and a verb. Let’s start with
2 words 1 sentence
Now if we add say 20 nouns (let’s base this around people – so eg I see the teacher, I see the police officer etc) now how many sentences can we say?
21 (the original sentence, “I see”, and 20 new ones).
Now what if we were to learn another conjugation of the verb to see – eg we see? We double the number of sentences to 44 (I see the police officer, we see the police officer). Now we begin to see how our ability to speak a foreign language can grow exponentially, if we carefully continue to select words that work with each other.
Let’s say we have:
- 20 verbs (eg I meet, we meet, I know, we know)
- 20 nouns (eg the teacher, the doctor, the plumber, the policeman)
- 7 adjectives (eg kind, clever, funny)
- 4 connectives (eg and, as well as, with, alongside)
- 4 expressions (eg It’s true! On the contrary!)
Mathematically, this is what happens:
Simple sentences with just the verb (eg I see, I know etc)
20 x 1 = Total: 20 Running Total 20
Verbs + nouns (I see the police officer).
20 x 20 = 400 Running Total 420
Verbs + nouns + adjectives (I see the clever doctor)
20 x 20 x 7 = 2800 Running Total 3220
Verbs + nouns + connective + noun (I know the doctor and the nurse)
20 x 20 x 20 = 8,000 Running Total 11,200
Verbs + nouns + adjective + connective + noun (I meet the clever plumber and the electrician)
20 x 20 x 7 x 20 = 56,000 Running Total = 67,200
Verbs + nouns + adjective + connective + noun + adjective (I watch the kind teacher and the funny boy)
20 x 20 x 7 x 20 x 7 = 392,000 Running Total = 459,200
Add three more connectives (eg I watch the kind teacher alongside the funny boy)
20 x 20 x 3 x 20 = 24,000 plus
20 x 20 x 7 x 3 x 20 = 168,000 plus
20 x 20 x 7 x 3 x 20 x 7 = 1,176,000
Running Total 1,827,200
What if we were to learn a few expressions (eg It’s true, I see the funny boy / On the contrary I see the funny boy)
We can qualify every sentence we have made with these expressions…so now we can have
4 x 1,827,200 = 7,308,800
That’s over 7 million sentences from about 70 words. That is why Einstein said such growth is the most powerful force in nature…and YOU CAN harness it.
It’s for this reason that KLOO builds its decks of cards around word grouping. Indeed the examples above all come from our Deck 1’s in French, Italian and Spanish which are all about People. Our other decks cover “Eating and Drinking”, “Places” and “Everyday Objects”.
The beauty of KLOO is that you can instantly build sentences just like the ones above by following KLOO’s unique colour coding system. You also learn words as you play using discovery learning. See how it works and check out our ranges.
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