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Learning a language: from Resilience to Brilliance

January 22nd, 2014|Tags: , |

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 [...]

How to get reluctant MFL students learning

July 12th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Hopelessly addicted to learning a foreign language

May 16th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , |

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.

How a young man learned to speak 11 languages fluently

February 21st, 2012|Tags: , , , , |

The unique aspect of KLOO is that even absolute beginners can play and instantly start making sentences up to 10 words long. No study, no grammar, no work - they'll learn how to make thousands of sentences in seconds.

Proven Best Way to Learn New Words in a Foreign Language

February 20th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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. [...]

Why language is important for your child’s career, lifestyle and even income

February 13th, 2012|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

How to use Kindle to learn a language

January 13th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

5 Easy Ways to learn a Foreign Language at Home – Part 5

January 6th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

5 Easy Ways to learn a Foreign Language at Home – Part 4

December 21st, 2010|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

Destroying the myths around learning a foreign language

August 29th, 2010|Tags: , , , , |

How to learn a foreign language We firstly need to dispel some deeply ingrained myths about how to learn a foreign language. Research has shown the following myths to be untrue. Myth 1: It is impossible to learn a foreign language after a certain age. Untrue. Whatever your age, if you want to learn, you can learn. The best time to start learning is now... Myth 2: Children are much better at learning foreign languages than adults Untrue. Children and adults learn languages differently. Research has shown that given the right language resources and language input, adults [...]

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