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Make your own KLOO cards for FREE

February 21st, 2017|Tags: , |

More and more teachers and language learners have been in contact with us about making their own KLOO cards - and could we provide them with blank cards to make them. We thought that this was a great idea. Once learners know all the words in a deck, more can be added in, so the KLOO system can help build vocabulary even further. We have created a "Make Your Own" page on our website which gives instructions on how to make the cards so that they work with your existing decks. We have also provided you [...]

Asking for a Pizza and a Coffee – Super Easy

February 3rd, 2017|

There are two ways of learning a language. Firstly, there is by rote - essentially you'll learn a stock of useful sentences off by heart. And then there is the generative approach: in this method you learn words as building blocks to make more sentences. If you learn the first way, you'll always be limited to a few stock phrases. If you learn with the second method, with just a few hundred words, you can make millions of sentences. KLOO helps you with the second way...you'll hundreds of words and be able to make sentences in [...]

What difference does enthusiasm make for language learning? How can I get it in the classroom?

January 18th, 2017|

Two great questions that deserve straight forward answers. Q 1. What price does enthusiasm make to learning a language? A. I think we all know the answer to this - but the answer is ALL THE DIFFERENCE. It really does. Q 2. How can I get enthusiasm into the classroom? A. Great question and if you haven't found it yet, a tricky one. But it needn't be. KLOO Language games drives enthusiasm through the roof. MFL teachers have consistently said it's a game changer for them. Kids have great fun and are learning faster. We [...]

What makes a Good Game become Great

December 12th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

What's the secret to a great game?...Well first and foremost it has to be enjoyable. Not many games survive if they aren't any fun!! Less obvious is that they should also be a challenge. Noughts and crosses is good fun only until you know the system and then every game becomes a boring draw. So if you have a game that's fun and a challenge - then it's (in my book at least) reached the the league of Good Games. But how does it go on to become a great game? As a games designer I [...]

Finding the Perfect Xmas Gift – a Language wrapped in a Game

December 4th, 2016|

It's not easy to find the perfect Xmas gift. There are so many things to consider. But imagine you walked into my shop and you're quite pushy (I'm sure you're not!!) - And this was how our conversation went! YOU: I'm looking for a gift. I'm thinking of a game that's fun and gives a chance for all the family to come together and play? Have you anything like that? ME: Well, I can think of loads of great games...yes I am sure we can help. YOU: Actually let's go a step further and make [...]

French Language Trivia Quiz…amazing facts about the French language

November 20th, 2016|

How much do you know about the French Language? 15 questions: 8 is an average score;  10 is very good; 12 is excellent Go to our Interactive French Language Trivia Quiz and discover amazing facts about the French Language. Here's some of the questions Q. Which is the world's largest French speaking city after Paris? A. Kinshasa    B. Montreal     C. Brussels     D. Port au Prince Go to our French Language Trivia Quiz to find the answer Q. What percentage of the English language is said to be derived from [...]

Taking the Language Plunge Today

November 13th, 2016|

How to get started learning a new language Don’t wait for the new year to commit to learning a new language. There is no time like the present and it has never been easier to take those first steps. Have you ever walked up and down the side of a swimming pool - looking longingly at all the people in the pool having fun – but never taken the plunge because you think it will be too cold? Learning a language can be a bit like that. People want to learn but they think it [...]

What do people find most impressive about Bradley Cooper? He’s fluent in French!

November 8th, 2016|

So he's a global mega-star. He's been in some of the biggest grossing films of all time. He's one of the highest paid Hollywood actors. He's been nominated for 2 Golden Globes and 2 BAFTA awards. He can do comedy and serious. Could he be any more impressive. Yes. Despite all that, what really impresses people is when you say he can speak French fluently - have you seen the video? Say what...Bradley Cooper is fluent in French? Oui. So to add to our long list of benefits of learning a second language....we must add [...]

This fact changes everything – why you can learn a language

October 31st, 2016|Tags: |

Sometimes a fact comes along which is so far out of kilter with what you believed, it stops you dead in your tracks….and I saw one a few days ago in The Guardian about language learning. The article itself was about the mental health benefits of bilingualism. It was nugget tucked inside, however, that caught my attention. Before I reveal the answer, I am going to pose the question, to see whether you were any closer in your perception than myself…. What percentage of the world’s population do you think speak at least 2 languages? [...]

Motivational quotes to make it happen

October 17th, 2016|

"Always do your best. What you plant now you can harvest later" We're all trying to make our way in the world - achieve something, make a difference, provide for ourselves, provide for others. Sometimes it can get tough going and it's in those moments we need a few motivational quotes to keep us focused on the challenge. I just wanted to share a few that make a difference to me in my business. Always do your best. What you plant now you can harvest later Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% [...]

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