Sentence Mining

Sentence Mining: Inputting Sentences in a SRS As I explained in Picture Cards for Learning Vocabulary, you have to space your learning intervals shorter if you want to learn faster. If you’ve completed those steps, you should now be able to recall about a hundred words from your native language to your foreign language without looking (that includes the spelling). You have to have […]

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Picture Cards for Learning Vocabulary

I use picture cards for learning vocabulary.  Who doesn’t know the logos from McDonalds, Lego and Apple?  Pictures are a very powerful marketing tool, so I think it makes sense to use them when learning vocabulary.  I try to encourage my pupils who are learning a foreign language to use them as well.  Most of them have major deficits which prevent […]

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Google Translate is a Great Tool, but…

Google Translate is a great tool for business people who need a translation of a few words as quickly as possible. Whenever I work with business people here in Germany, I get to see how they use Google Translate.  For some, this kind of help is indespensible for the job. The problem is, it can quickly become a crutch. I’ll share an […]

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Better Games for Bilingual Children

There has to be more development in the area of games for preschool-aged children who grow up learning two languages. These kids don’t know the language of their host country enough to be ready for school and they’re still in the developmental phase of forming their languages (4-5 years). Teachers and “experts”– at least in Germany, believe that bilingual children […]

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