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How to Use Language Games to Help Your Child Learn a Second Language

How to Use Language Games to Help Your Child Learn a Second Language

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IntroductionIf you're looking for a fun and effective way to help your child learn a second language, you should try using language games. Games can help children to learn new words and phrases, and they can also be a great way to practice using the language in a fun and relaxed setting.There are a wide variety of language games available, so you can find ones that are suitable for your child's age and level of language proficiency. Here are a few ideas to get you started:1. Word Association GamesOne simple but effective game you can play with your child is a word association game. To play, you take turns saying a word in the target language, and your child then has to say the first word that comes into their head in response.For example, you might say the word "cat" and your child might s...
Why Can Other People Learn a Second Language Faster than Me?

Why Can Other People Learn a Second Language Faster than Me?

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IntroductionThere are a lot of factors that can affect how quickly someone can learn a second language. In some cases, it may seem like some people are able to learn a new language faster than others. But there are a number of reasons why this may be the case.Individual differences can play a big role in how fast someone can learn a second language. Some people may have a natural aptitude for language learning, while others may find it more challenging. Additionally, some people may have more exposure to the new language, either through travel or through interaction with native speakers.The amount of time that someone is willing to dedicate to learning a new language can also make a big difference. Those who are really committed to becoming fluent in a new language may be more likely to de...
How to Get Started with Learning a New Language

How to Get Started with Learning a New Language

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Why learning a new language is importantOne of the great things about learning a new language is that it can help connect you with other people who speak that language. It can also help you learn about other cultures and gain a new perspective on the world. Additionally, learning a new language can help improve your cognitive skills, such as your memory and problem-solving abilities.How to set goals and find resources for learning a new languageWhen it comes to learning a new language, it is important to set goals and find resources that fit your learning style. Some people learn best by listening to tapes or attending classes, while others prefer to read books or use software programs. There is no right or wrong way to learn, but it is important to find a method that works best for you.On...
How to Make Language Learning Fun

How to Make Language Learning Fun

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IntroductionLearning a new language can be daunting, especially if you're not sure where to start. However, there are plenty of ways to make language learning fun, whether you're a beginner or an experienced learner. Here are a few ideas to get you started:1. Find a language partner. A language partner is someone you can practice speaking with in your target language. This can be a friend, family member, or even a native speaker you meet online. Having someone to practice with will help you stay motivated and have fun while learning.2. Play language learning games. Games are a great way to learn new vocabulary and grammar in a fun and interactive way. There are many language learning games available online or you can even make up your own.3. Watch foreign films and TV shows. Not only is th...
How AI is Helping People Learn Languages

How AI is Helping People Learn Languages

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How AI is Helping People Learn Languages In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has made great strides in helping people learn languages. Thanks to AI, people can now use language learning apps that are more personalized and effective than ever before.One of the most popular language learning apps, Duolingo, uses AI to provide users with a personalized learning experience. Duolingo tailors its lessons to each individual user, based on their strengths and weaknesses. As a result, users are able to learn at their own pace and make the most of their time.Another popular language learning app, Busuu, also uses AI to provide users with a personalized experience. Busuu uses AI to assess a user’s level and then provides them with customized lessons and activities. This allows users to focu
Why App-based Language Learning is Taking Over Traditional Methods

Why App-based Language Learning is Taking Over Traditional Methods

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IntroductionIn a world where we are increasingly reliant on technology, it is no surprise that language learning is also moving in a digital direction. More and more people are using apps to learn languages, and there are a number of reasons why this is becoming the preferred method for many people.One of the main advantages of using an app to learn a language is the convenience it offers. You can learn at your own pace and in your own time, without having to commit to regular classes. This is ideal for busy people who want to fit language learning into their already busy lives.Another advantage of app-based language learning is that it can be very cost-effective. Often, you can get a lot more material for your money with an app than you would with a traditional language course. In additio...
Drops – Continued

Drops – Continued

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I'm still looking at the Drops app. At the moment I'm sitting in a place where I'm not sure if I like it or not. It's a beautiful, well designed app, but I have some niggles. The first is the time inconsistency. It says it gives me five minutes and I like that. I like the idea of being stopped and then having to do something else. But it keeps giving me extra time, and even an extra five minutes. Now I get that developers need to make money and this is to show me how much better my life would be if I subscribed and could use it all the time. But it just wouldn't. I'd almost be happy to pay to have the five minutes be consistent!   The second is that, as I progress, I come across words that relate more to concepts than easy to picture things. Then the icons start to become...
Simple Stories in Spanish

Simple Stories in Spanish

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For those learning languages, it's often hard to find good reading material. Particularly good reading material with audio sources. The following, well designed, websites have come to my attention that have children's fairytales and stories translated into Spanish and are a great source of practice reading material.  
Chrome Extension to Reinstate Skill Strength on Duolingo

Chrome Extension to Reinstate Skill Strength on Duolingo

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If you just want the extension, keeping in mind that it's a little bit experimental, head on over to the Chrome Extension page here. You should also check out my other Chrome Extension to track what languages you're reading web pages in and set reading targets: here. For everybody who wants to read about what this extension does and how it came about, please keep on reading. Some time ago Duolingo switched to a new Crowns system. A considerable number of users found this change drastic. The key complaints being that it no longer gave you any guidance on what to learn through the SRS system and that you couldn't really re-gold your tree anymore. Recently I've been writing an extension to track the languages that people read web pages in, so they can see statistics and set reading t
Language Analytics Chrome Extension Launched

Language Analytics Chrome Extension Launched

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In the last blog post I mentioned that I was working on a chrome extension. The extension tracks the amount of time that you are spending on web pages in each language. This is really great for language learners, particularly at the intermediate stage, as it gives you an overview of how much you're reading in your second language without you having to track it. Since then I did a bit more work, tidied it up, and added a feature that lets you add a target and gives you a notification when you reach the target. For example, I can say that I want to read 30 minutes of Dutch and 15 minutes of Spanish a day. When I get to 15 minutes of Spanish, a box alerts me that I've hit that target, and similarly for the 30 minutes of Dutch. For those who are super keen, here's the link to the chrome store ...