Language learning thrives when it is part of your daily routine. Here are four easy ways to get language into your household everyday.
There is growing evidence that attaining a second language also has many mental benefits including helping us to fight the onset of dementia. That has to be worth a looking to?
Second languages have been shown to improve your mental agility, your creativity, career prospects, earning power, improve your holidays and even fight off dementia in later life! So it's definitely worth doing. Question is - which one?
Fun MFL Game for Building French and Spanish Vocabulary We love this video. It shows two cartoon kids showing how learning foreign words can be fun - when they turn it into a Penalty Shoot-Out! Which word do you pick to take the first penalty? Pick your corner, focus, strike... This is one of 16 great language games you can play with KLOO cards:
The Best Board in Britain teaches foreign languages! KLOO - BEST BOARD OR CARD GAME We are very proud to say that KLOO has been recognised by ToyTalk as Britain's Best Board or Card game. This is great news for the language learning community. It means that language teachers have a resource that happens to be the best in category against all comers - not just language games. To win top prize, KLOO had to beat off stiff competition from the giants of the games industry including the likes of Raveneberger's "Labyrinth", Gibsons [...]
When you're lost in a game, learning a language comes easy ToyTalk 2011 "UK's Best Board Game" KLOO Many students fall into two camps when being taught. There are those that enjoy the subject and are incentivised to learn. These are a teacher's dream and unsurprisingly they make more of an effort - and achieve better results. Alas in many, if not most classrooms, there are also the polar opposite students. Those that don't enjoy the subject, have no wish to learn and possibly would rather be anywhere else. These are a teacher's challenge. It's [...]
Language Games prove their value KLOO's Race to Madrid to learn Spanish A well designed game can simulate real life. Monopoly simulates the property market while flight simulators let pilots play at flying a plane before they are let loose on a real one. There are even war games. Countries don't want to gain experience of war by going to war - so they simulate it. Simulation is a fancy word for "make believe" (as my children call it). It's an elaborate game. Turning language into a game I have worked with games [...]
Good Games improve your performance. Best Games motivate you to do better Lurking inside us is a hidden warrior. He's the guy or gal who doesn't like to be beat. Kids let him out all the time. Have you ever seen kids playing? They will compete at anything: "How many times can you say the alphabet in one breath? First one to touch the car door wins! I bet I can throw this stone farther than you?" As we get older we like to think that we leave the competitive streak behind and we become [...]
Family Board Games and why they're still important Mum : "How about a game of Monopoly or KLOO after dinner tonight? Daughter: "But isn't 'X-Factor' on the box at 8 pm?" TV v Traditional Family Board Game - that's a complete mismatch, right? It's a David v Goliath struggle - that Goliath wins hands down in nearly every household. We have more channels that we can possibly watch. We have PVRs in case we miss something. There is video gaming too. Not to mention the Internet. And what about Smartphones?...... It seems that, without really noticing or understanding [...]
Fun Foreign Language Resources make the difference Have fun together and learn together A time for honesty. Learning a foreign language can be difficult and, well, tedious. You shouldn't say it - but for many people it is. Learning vocabulary by rote has to be one of the world's most mind numbing activities - right up there with ironing shirts. Technical grammar can make your brain hurt. By the time you get to conjugations you are screaming "is this absolutely necessary!". Luckily, the answer is no! This is not necessary! If you are experiencing all [...]