How important is your method of learning? Learning a foreign language depends much more on the tools you use than your innate “language ability”. Use the wrong tools and you start believing that you don’t have the necessary talent to learn a language (when you absolutely do). Conversely, use the right tools and systems and your natural language ability will shine. Think of a golfer trying to play golf with a cricket bat. Or a tennis player trying to play tennis with a football! Crazy eh? It won't work. And it doesn't work for language [...]
When we created KLOO we wanted a game that went beyond the basics of language - a game that helped learners to really start speaking the language properly; a game that used words as building blocks and rewarded players for making proper sentences; a game that made learning easy and fun.
Summer Holidays are coming! Tune into the language People find learning a language difficult...and some say that the best way to learn a language is through total immersion. I don't think many people would argue with that except it's difficult to arrange and somewhat costly - most of us cannot just up sticks and go to Italy for 2 months (I wish)! But many of us are going on hols - for a week or two abroad. This is when we can immerse ourselves in the language. We are surrounded by foreign signs, menus, and people! So [...]
Short answer: Yes Let's face it, language learning can be hard. To be competent you need to learn strange words; comprehend grammar, as well as learn the skills to speak, listen and read. It can be overwhelming - and for many people it is. The terminology of language, I think, is most off-putting: definitive articles, first person plural, pluperfect, the gerund, imperfect subjunctive! If I am honest I still have to stop and think whenever confronted with such terms. If that's not enough to scare away a budding new learner, I don't know what is. [...]
There are important principles to learning a language. These principles are proven and will jet propel the rate at which you pick up a language. Conversely, if you don't use them, language learning becomes a hard slog to Moscow in Winter.
The FUN way to learn a language Learning a language abroad becomes is a necessity The most powerful way to learn a language is through necessity. Drop yourself into a foreign country and you'll soon find out how to exchange simple pleasantries, order food, give directions and learn the basics of daily living. Because you have to. The mind becomes extremely efficient and determined when it becomes a matter of eating - or not! The fun way is also the best way However, when language learning is not a necessity, like for most of us, it becomes a [...]
And here is another amazing thing....when we talk with other people (and they don't have to be fluent) then the rate of our learning accelerates - yes accelerates.
You won't be stuck for choice in terms of what MFL resources you can use. Far from it. The problem is that many of these resources are poor and not based on sound language learning principles. Suffice to say that choosing the wrong language tools is akin to playing tennis with a golf club....almost impossible.
Which is the most important language for business. On a global level the answer is English...there is not that much debate over this. But on a personal level, if you already speak English, the answer is any language - except English.