Build vocabulary the No 1 way? No way! Building vocabulary has always been an ordeal for many learners. Long lists of words...trying to somehow memorize them with brute force and repetition...but your mind starts swimming with all the information and you start to tire.... then you test yourself and find that the new information just won’t stick...so you repeat the process. You become more tired and before long, your mind starts to shut down. You feel deflated, demotivated and just plain exhausted. So much effort and so little reward. Rote learning from lists is still the No 1 method for learning vocabulary and, believe it [...]
The secret ingredient to be brilliant. You can be fluent in a second language too So often people make things look easy. Great sports people, dancers, singers all make their art look like a walk in the park...and so do people who have mastered a second language (I am talking of bilinguals who were not brought up with a second language at home). You can find yourself gawping at them and their ability to converse fluently in different languages while you stumble to put together a single coherent sentence ... and you wonder how [...]
Getting students to WANT to learn languages. A change of approach changes attitudes. Teaching some students a language can be a challenge For MFL teachers the aim is to get their students to learn a second language. Hook or by crook. It is natural then for teachers to want to explain why learning a language is so important. The problem is that, although learning a language bestows huge benefits on the learner, some students seem impervious to persuasion and are, well, just not interested - and no amount of persuasion will move them. Many teachers [...]
Learning a language can harness the brain's joy of learning new things, but leave you with something of permanent value, in a way that neither drugs nor video games ever could.
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Best ways to build vocabulary in a foreign language We learned new words through Discovery Learning I am pretty sure that none of us had parents who, when we were very young, gave us lists of words to learn by next week. What generally happened is that we would point at something that we wanted to know the name of, such as a dog, and our parents said "Dog" and we repeated "Dog". This is form of learning is called Discovery Learning and it is the natural way we built our vocabulary when we were small. [...]
A second language benefits children in many ways Learning a language is important for a child's future Sometimes there is a an article that encapsulates everything in a nutshell. This piece, that appeared in the Sunday Express recently, is such a piece. It talks about how learning a language is more than just another subject to learn - much more. It explains how employers are actively seeking personnel with language skills and cannot find them. It shows that people with language skills earn more and generally can look forward to a better lifestyle...if you want [...]
3 steps to using Kindle E-books to learn a language It's easy to use a Kindle to learn a foreign language Volumes have been written about Kindle and the way it can revolutionize the way we read. But did you know Kindle and E-Books also make learning a language a lot easier....read on. As well as using Kindle for reading my usual books, I also use it to brush up my Italian. In doing so I have learned that the Kindle has made learning a language through reading, easier than ever. There are just 3 simple [...]
Better than magic – the best way to learn a second language Learning a language as if by magic? I remember as an eight year old, asking my mother if I could take a rug into the garden. With her permission, I laid it out in the middle of the lawn and closed my eyes. Concentrating hard, and with firm conviction, I uttered the special magic words to make my carpet fly. It did not move. The problem was clear: I was using the wrong words. I resolutely stuck to my task, using [...]
How to save time and money learning a foreign language Buying the right language product is like buying a diamond - you need to know what to look for. I recently walked into a jewellery shop to buy a ring for my wife. As the door swung shut behind me and I realised I was the only customer – trapped between rows of twinkling gems and several very gimlet eyed sales people. Beads of sweat broke out on my forehead. It is not so much the high cost of some very small things [...]