Three golden keys to language learning

With these three key concepts you can dramatically improve the way you learn a language.   

Firstly, you need to find a way to enjoy learning the language.  You fill find more and more ideas here in the days and weeks to come, starting with quizzes, drawings and songs. 

Secondly, you will feel more motivated if you have a specific reason to learn the word(s) of the week.  Most of the ideas to come will have the aim of showing you how to choose the words that you learn so that you can communicate the things that are relevant to your own life, especially the words which link your life to the lives of other people around you.

Thirdly, you will need to repeat what you have learned in different formats, to give your brain a chance to absorb it and link the new information with information that is already stored.  Some words seem impossible at first glance, they may have too many vowels like the French feuille (where you pronounce the ll as a y) or the Polish word deszcz for rain, which seems to have too many consonants.  In the next few days I will be posting about how to add these “impossible” words to your conversation.  Even if you are not learning a foreign language at the moment, it is useful to know how to remember the names of volcanoes, foreign cities or the unusual names of the people you meet.

To make this blog really buzz we need to add ideas from lots of different people, so if you have anything to say, please use the box below to Leave a reply.  All you need to do is to give your first name or nickname and your e-mail address.  Once I have OK´d your reply, only your name and comment will show up.

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Blogging about learning languages, making it fun Hobbies: paragliding, cycling, reading, BBC radio 4.
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