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Cartoon characters play a fun game to learn a language

January 27th, 2012|Tags: , , |

Fun MFL Game for Building French and Spanish Vocabulary We love this video. It shows two cartoon kids showing how learning foreign words can be fun - when they turn it into a Penalty Shoot-Out! Which word do you pick to take the first penalty? Pick your corner, focus, strike... This is one of 16 great language games you can play with KLOO cards:

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 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 [...]

Are we really turning into Little Britain?

November 25th, 2011|Tags: |

If we are not embarrassed about our failure to speak languages maybe we should be.... "One of the great cringe-making sights is when you're abroad and you see cross British tourists bellowing "you don't speak English?" in some locals face."

We’re turning into “Little Britain” – cut off from the continent – Ouch!

October 7th, 2011|

Dr Anthony Seldon, Head of Wellington College, argues that our collective weakness in speaking foreign languages is turning us into a "Little Britain". Pulling no punches, he argues that we are becoming deeply insular, expecting all foreigners to speak English. He goes on to say ""Our record in language learning is uniquely bad in the developed world. We cannot simply assume the rest of the world will learn English to accommodate us. We cannot lose the plot at a time when other countries are expanding their language teaching. We desperately need to shift that culture and dramatically expand the teaching [...]

Government backs learning a language from 5 years old

October 3rd, 2011|

Power learning with educational games At last some reality when it comes to language learning. Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has stated he wants from five. There is an excellent article on the BBC website . But if you just want the nuggets here they are: Every child should learn a language from the age of 5. Almost every other advanced nation teaches a foreign language from that age. He criticizes Brits for taking a "perverse pride" in not speaking another language. The number of pupils taking a language at GCSE has plummeted from 444,000 in 1998 to 273,000 in [...]

The Secret Holiday Upgrade – Speak the Language

July 22nd, 2011|Tags: |

SECRET TO A FREE HOLIDAY UPGRADE – EVEN IF YOU’RE BOOKED - SPEAK THE LANGUAGE Learn the language for a better holiday Holiday season is nearly upon us – kids have just weeks to go before the Summer break and if you’re like me, you are now frantically scrabbling around for a last minute deal. If you are not like me (ie you are organised), your holiday has been booked for months – I must try this. HOLIDAY UPGRADE Whichever camp you fall into, there is a simple and remarkable effective way to [...]

Family Board Games are sooooo last century! Think again – we need them.

March 19th, 2011|Tags: , , |

Family Board Games and why they're still important Mum  : "How about a game of Monopoly or KLOO after dinner tonight? Daughter: "But isn't 'X-Factor' on the box at 8 pm?" TV v Traditional Family Board Game - that's a complete mismatch, right? It's a David v Goliath struggle - that Goliath wins hands down in nearly every household. We have more channels that we can possibly watch. We have PVRs in case we miss something. There is video gaming too. Not to mention the Internet. And what about Smartphones?...... It seems that, without really noticing or understanding [...]

Monolingualism can seriously damage your career propsects

November 3rd, 2010|Tags: |

Or bilingualism can seriously improve your career prospects! Who needs a second language? The English are bad (and maybe a little lazy) when it comes to learning a second language. What is the point when so many people abroad have taken the trouble to learn our language?  And let’s face it, modern languages are not the easiest of subjects at school. Children see foreign language as tough and often choose to drop it as a subject at secondary school.  Since 2004 the number of children taking languages in the UK has dropped by [...]

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