Language addiction makes learning easy
I read a great article about how language learning can be an addiction – as can learning the guitar, crossword puzzles, juggling and numerous other pursuits. It was written by a Professor who is a narcotics expert – and so comes with some authority. This Professor is learning the guitar despite not having any real musical talent. However a day without guitar playing is incomplete for him, he says.
It so happens I am learning Italian and also the guitar and have spent about three years learning both – and can corroborate what he says. It feels like a mild addiction. Every night, I have to read a bit of Italian on my Kindle. Every morning I have to play my guitar after breakfast (sorry kids!).
Becoming a language addict makes learning easy and automatic…you persist everyday and it becomes part of who you are and what you do. Language acquisition just happens.
So a sure fire way of learning a language is to become an addict! How to do that? For me it meant picking up my guitar everyday or reading everyday for 3 months – even when I didn’t feel like it….then like a person who needs to keep fit everyday – it becomes a fix. It’s a habit (a good one) that happens all by itself. Sometimes I have to force myself to put my guitar down – at other times I need to switch out the light and stop reading.
Our Professor says that 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. It leaves you with a sense of fulfilment, which goes back to what pioneering psychologist Abraham Maslow called “self-actualization.”
Oh yeh! Got to have me some of that!
Become an addict and get a language automatically!
A foreign language game that can help your language addiction
KLOO is a great way to start learning a language and get your addiction underway! It makes language learning fun and easy. But don’t be fooled into thinking its just playing around! KLOO language games pack some powerful language learning principles inside the game so you learn fast. Within seconds you can learn how to make thousands of grammatically correct sentences in French or Spanish. In a typical 25 minute game you’ll effortlessly learn 15 – 30 words. It’s why more and more teachers are turning to KLOO has an important MFL resource for French and Spanish. It is also why KLOO won ToyTalk Best Board and Card Game 2011 for playing at home. Kids love it and learn fast.
Watch the short cartoon video below to see how easy it is to make sentences of up 10 words long with KLOO’s famous colour coded cards. Have fun!
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- What is the “natural” way we learned our first language – and can it be reproduced? (languagepie.wordpress.com)