Language Seed http://languageseed.com Grow Your Language Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:52:53 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 When teachers can’t speak the language – how are they going to teach it? http://languageseed.com/2017/02/15/when-teachers-cant-speak-the-language-how-are-they-going-to-teach-it/ http://languageseed.com/2017/02/15/when-teachers-cant-speak-the-language-how-are-they-going-to-teach-it/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:03:58 +0000 http://languageseed.com/?p=12109 If a teacher cannot speak French or Spanish, how are they able to teach them as subjects?

With the numbers of language teachers falling precipitously it’s becoming more and more normal for a class to be taught by teachers who cannot themselves speak the language they teach. How can that work?

Games like chess can harness human intellect

Games like chess can harness human intellect

I know many of the world’s greatest chess players (in a previous life I ran the world chess championships) and it’s interesting that the great Chess Grandmasters have chess coaches. It’s interesting in that the chess coaches are not as good as their prodigy – they know less – and yet they have a critical role in training their player. The trick is not to try and “teach” them but instead provide the framework for their players to teach themselves. They do this by giving them the the best chess educational tools, posing challenges, and playing against them (sparring) so they can try out their new skills.

Language lessons can be the same.

  1. Provide the class with tools that allow them to learn for themselves – an auto-learning system which educates as they participate
  2. Get the “edge” into their learning by turning language into a game. Extraordinary things happen when people start to compete. They try harder, focus more and up their game.
  3. Play with them! Enthusiasm levels balloon when teachers get involved and play too.

KLOO does all of these things. Teachers love it because they can have the whole class playing and learning fast while they supervise. And what makes them REALLY HAPPY? Just witnessing how much faster they’re learning. Learning hundreds of words and making sentences in seconds.

What makes a Good Game become Great

The many surprising benefits of playing board games

French Teacher demonstrates KLOO Games

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Asking for a Pizza and a Coffee – Super Easy http://languageseed.com/2017/02/03/asking-for-a-pizza-and-a-coffee-super-easy/ http://languageseed.com/2017/02/03/asking-for-a-pizza-and-a-coffee-super-easy/#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2017 12:14:40 +0000 http://languageseed.com/?p=12104

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 seconds. See how below!

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What difference does enthusiasm make for language learning? How can I get it in the classroom? http://languageseed.com/2017/01/18/what-difference-does-enthusiasm-make-how-can-i-get-it-in-the-classroom/ http://languageseed.com/2017/01/18/what-difference-does-enthusiasm-make-how-can-i-get-it-in-the-classroom/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:37:29 +0000 http://languageseed.com/?p=12093

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 could add another valid question for schools.

Q. 3 How Much does it cost?

A. Games start at £12.99. Not much to trial multi-award winning language games that have kids learning faster and building proper sentences (on their own) in seconds.

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Enthusiasm for languages goes “through the roof” when students play KLOO. Happy children, learning fast.

“I discovered KLOO (French) last year and used the game this Autumn Term with 2 of my classes and the word has spread: pupils (of all abilities) want to play that game. I have been using it across the ability range and EVERYONE enjoyed it.” Anouk B, Worth School

Have a look around and find out more

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What makes a Good Game become Great http://languageseed.com/2016/12/12/what-makes-a-good-game-become-great/ http://languageseed.com/2016/12/12/what-makes-a-good-game-become-great/#respond Mon, 12 Dec 2016 16:02:00 +0000 http://languageseed.com/?p=12061 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 have a vested interest in this and I think there is a special ingredient that helps a good game to become great – and that’s when it teaches you something that you can take away from the game, after you have stopped playing.

For example, chess teaches you about cause and effect; about thinking ahead, and about strategy. Chess has proven to be fantastic for improving the academic performances of children because it equips them with a different way to think.

Football (soccer) is great because it helps you to keep fit as well as to develop social skills, organisational skills and team skills. It teaches you that it’s not just about how you do as an individual – but how well you can collectively perform as a team.

Even monopoly – as aged as it is – teaches us timeless truths about money. How the secret to money and wealth is to accumulate assets. Those who hoard their money but don’t invest in houses and hotels end up losing. (Many people could learn this lesson!)

Board Game of the Year

BOARD OF THE YEAR

What “take away” have I tried to include in KLOO? Well, I have tried to make it fun – and indeed we won Best Board Game of the year for our efforts. But I have also tried to create a game that helps you learn a second a language as you play. The benefits of learning a language are colossal and go well beyond getting a grade at school.

If you want to be able to make sentences in French, Spanish or Italian in seconds (even if you are an absolute beginner) and also pick up words effortlessly as you play…then KLOO is exactly right for you. Look at the two videos below and you’ll how we have turned learning a language into a game.

Imagine playing a game and being to learn a language, No study, no work, just play. Wouldn’t that be great?

 

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Finding the Perfect Xmas Gift – a Language wrapped in a Game http://languageseed.com/2016/12/04/finding-the-perfect-xmas-gift-a-language-wrapped-in-a-game/ http://languageseed.com/2016/12/04/finding-the-perfect-xmas-gift-a-language-wrapped-in-a-game/#respond Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:54:16 +0000 http://languageseed.com/?p=12024

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 this game the “Board Game of the Year” for being fun!

  • ME: Well, that’s quite demanding but yes, it’s still possible.

  • YOU: I want this game to also has rave reviews – actually let’s make it a #1 Best Seller on Amazon!

  • ME: Right. We are getting down to a few select games. But I still think we can help.

  • YOU: Now let’s ensure it’s more than just a game – why not make sure it’s won an award for being of proven educational value – eg The prestigious USA Academic Choice Award?

  • ME: Wow – That’s getting very picky – but, yes, we can still help.

  • YOU: How about this? What if as you played, you learned a second language! What could be better than having seasonal fun and effortlessly learning French or Spanish or Italian as you played? 

  • ME: As far as I know there is only one game in the world that does all that – KLOO Games.

  • YOU: That sounds great – when  can you send it?

  • ME: within 24 hours of your order:

  • YOU: And if we don’t like it?

  • ME: Send it back…for a full refund. But we’re confident you’ll love it.

And here’s another treat….go here and get a Special Vouchers to save money on KLOO Games before Xmas.

This Xmas have your Xmas cake and eat it!

Merry Xmas to you and your families!!

Andrew

PS See some reviews and also some awards. Have fun!

Reviews of KLOO learn French Games

Board Game of the Year

KLOO – BEST BOARD GAME

 

Academic Choice Award for KLOO Language Games

USA Academic Choice Award for Educational Value

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French Language Trivia Quiz…amazing facts about the French language http://languageseed.com/2016/11/20/french-language-trivia-quiz-amazing-facts-about-the-french-language/ http://languageseed.com/2016/11/20/french-language-trivia-quiz-amazing-facts-about-the-french-language/#respond Sun, 20 Nov 2016 13:51:17 +0000 http://languageseed.com/?p=12003

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 French?

A. 10%     B. 15%     C. 20%     D. 30%

Go to our French Language Trivia Quiz to find the answer

Q. What does “salut” mean?

A. Hello     B. Goodbye     C. Salad     D. Hello and goodbye

Go to our French Language Trivia Quiz to find the answer

Have fun and good luck

To learn French in a fun, smart and easy way take a look at KLOO Games – the multi-ward winning games that turn language into a game

See why parents and teachers are using KLOO Games to help children learn a language in a fast, easy and smart way.

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Taking the Language Plunge Today http://languageseed.com/2016/11/13/taking-the-language-plunge-today/ http://languageseed.com/2016/11/13/taking-the-language-plunge-today/#respond Sun, 13 Nov 2016 13:57:24 +0000 http://languageseed.com/?p=11973 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 will be too difficult! So they never get started and never learn one.

Well it may have been difficult in the past – but now it couldn’t be easier to start because these days there are easy and fun ways to learn a language. I have written about smart ways to learn a language and free ways to learn a language to consider.

At KLOO we have turned language into a game. What’s more because of the smart language learning principles inside KLOO, you will making your first sentences in seconds (even if you are a beginner) and learning words as you play.

What’s stopping you?

It’s because the game has been well designed with very powerful language learning principles that you can kick back, play and let the game help you acquire a language. Hundreds of words, millions of sentences. No studying, no working, just play and have fun.

It really is time to take the plunge. If you have ever wanted to learn a language take a plunge. I promise the water’s not cold!!

Learn Spanish Board Game

KLOO’s Race to Madrid to learn Spanish Language

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What do people find most impressive about Bradley Cooper? He’s fluent in French! http://languageseed.com/2016/11/08/the-most-impressive-thing-about-bradley-cooper-he-can-speak-french/ http://languageseed.com/2016/11/08/the-most-impressive-thing-about-bradley-cooper-he-can-speak-french/#respond Tue, 08 Nov 2016 19:08:42 +0000 http://languageseed.com/?p=11865

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 “it really impresses monolinguals”. Especially when they’re not expecting you to master it.

Didn’t know?….check out the video yourself. Out, C’est vrai!

Would you like to learn French or perhaps another language?

Why not consider learning it with KLOO’s award winning games. We’ll have you talking french is seconds and building vocabulary as you play.

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This fact changes everything – why you can learn a language http://languageseed.com/2016/10/31/this-fact-changes-everything-why-you-can-learn-a-language/ http://languageseed.com/2016/10/31/this-fact-changes-everything-why-you-can-learn-a-language/#respond Mon, 31 Oct 2016 16:10:44 +0000 http://languageseed.com/?p=11819 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?

I think I would have guessed about 25% tops – I live in a monolingual country after all! What would you estimate?

Look below the picture.

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Bilingualism is the norm

 

The answer is given in excellent The Guardian Article:

“Around the world, more than half of people – estimates vary from 60-75% – speak at least two languages. “

More than half and maybe as many as three-quarters of the world’s population is bilingual!

That single fact must change our perception of language learning. It infers that more than one language is the natural default for humans and that we CAN ALL learn a second language.

So many people are under the misapprehension that they don’t have the “gift” for languages – perhaps because of poor learning experiences. This fact tells us that learning a second language (and more) is not a “Gift” but absolutely normal. It tells us that it’s not a question then of IF we can learn a language – but HOW we learn a language.

To be successful you need language tools and systems that work with the way your mind acquires a language. So many systems don’t….and it is for that reason that people struggle more than they need to.

At KLOO we have embedded 5 language learning principles inside a game. It means that as you play, you almost effortlessly start talking the language and learning new words. Doesn’t that sound a bit like the way you learned your first language?

How to build vocabulary E-BookIf you are wanting to learn a language, why not get off to a good start download this FREE E-Book on how to Build Your Vocabulary 1000% Faster.

 

Download FREE E-Book

 

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The power of foreign words in marketing http://languageseed.com/2016/10/24/the-power-of-foreign-words-in-marketing/ http://languageseed.com/2016/10/24/the-power-of-foreign-words-in-marketing/#respond Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:02:49 +0000 http://languageseed.com/?p=2365 Marketers are adding a new and powerful tool to their magic mix of tricks and schemes to help us part with our money…foreign words! English so often the go-to language for marketers, is now making way for some foreign words when there is a need to conjure up authenticity, cultural depth, heritage and sophistication…or sometimes just link it to a national reputation.

Audi were actually onto this decades ago (1982 to be precise). When the legendary adverting guru, Sir John Hegarty, saw a faded poster on a factory wall in Ingolstadt 30 years ago, he didn’t see unintelligible German words. He saw a catchphrase that would sell millions of cars to UK buyers by connecting Audi with the global perception of German engineering prowess. That faded poster said:

Vorsprung durch Technik

It roughly means “advancement through technology”. However, in German it communicated so much more….superior German engineering, reliability and strength. It sounded cool too – forever imprinted on my mind.

Using foreign words to market goods

Using foreign words in English Media

Fast forward to 2016 and another brand is also finding the power of the foreign word. Two years ago the manufacturers of San Pellegrino mineral water decided to make a tiny change to the labelling of their bottles: They would add the words Toscana, Italia to their still water brand Acqua Panna.  Clemont Vachon, a company spokesperson said at a conference held in Florence (or should that be Firenze?) this week that:

“We decided to use Toscana, not the English word, Tuscany – and after 18 months ales have in creased by 14%

Italian is an emotional language, not mechanical like German, and speaks to the heart. Just say ‘Armani’ and you think of passion and style.”

foreign words being used to market

The power of foreign words in marketing

Will this be a new trend?

Foreign straplines and words sprinkled into the English media would be most welcome – and a gentle encouragement to learn foreign languages – if after all they are seen as cooler, authentic and stylish.

Where marketers lead, society usually follows. Penso di sì (doesn’t that sound like a strapline, already?)

If you’re looking to learn Italian how about learning it through play? KLOO produces award winning French, Italian and Spanish games which as you play you learn a language.

Learn French Board Game

The Learn French Board Game

Other great reasons to learn a foreign language

 

 

 

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