The Top 100 words to learn in French, Spanish, Italian and any language

Best words to learn in French, Spanish and Italian

With some well selected words you can go a long way in any language. At KLOO we think long and hard about the words we select to go into our games. Our aim is to give the player words that he or she can use in multiple situations.

When selecting words we always start with verbs. Each deck of our games comes with 20 verb cards (the red cards). Some words will work right across the language…others are limited. For example the verbs, to see, to look for, to want, to prefer, to hold…work in lots of different situations.

I see the red dress, I look for the red dress, I want the red dress, I prefer the red dress, I hold the red the dress.

These are great – multi-functional, trans-language verbs.

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I look for the intelligent woman and the nice man

However lets pick other verbs – like to read, or to cook. You can see these work only in specific situations. I read the newspaper – yes. BUT I read the red dress, I cook the red dress…no! These verbs are semantically limited – and not trans-language.

We pack our games with trans-language verbs to give your language capability a real power boost.

After selecting our verbs – we focus on common nouns. Each deck of KLOO cards covers a specific topic such as People, Eating & Drinking, Places and Everyday Objects. So the nouns we choose will reflect these areas…So for Eating & Drinking we have the words for coffee, tea, water, meat, beef, fish, pizza, fruit etc etc.

Now we add in the adjectives to work with these nouns such as delicious, tasty and fresh.

Add some connectives (such as “and” and “as well as”) and then some expressions such “It’s true”…then we have all the elements to make many, many sentences.

KLOO cards help you learn French Spanish and Italian

It’s true! I would like the sweet cake and the

So with these rules in place, guess how many sentences you would be able to make with one deck of KLOO cards?

2.9 million.

That’s what we mean by giving you the building blocks to speak the language.

So the top 100 words in French, Spanish or Italian? Well we cheated a little – we give you 250 carefully selected words and in total you can make over 12 million sentences…….

Now we just need to turn it all into a game so that the learning is fun and effortless!

KLOO is Toytalk’s Best Board and Card game of the Year and has won more awards than any other language game – EVER.

Have fun!

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Building Language Foundations

Foundations for language learningWe know the parable of the man who built his house on sand – it washed away because there were no foundations.

It is the same with language…build slowly and methodically. You cannot rush it. You could, if you wanted, spend a whole day, 10 hours, learning a language. But most of it won’t stick…it will wash away because you have not built the foundations for the new knowledge to stand on.

And what are the foundations of a language? Well I would say learning common words and being able to manipulate them into useful sentences. Once you have a vocabulary of a few hundred words and understand how they work together, you know how to express yourself. Indeed make millions of useful sentences. From here you can jump into more complex aspects of the language such as idioms, exceptions and nuances.

KLOO Games: effortless learning

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KLOO helps you learn the foundations of a language. Its a game in which you learn how to make grammatically correct sentences (in seconds) and build vocabulary as you play. In a typical game, players learn between 15 and 30 words. After a few games you have hundreds of words and can make millions of sentences. Great foundation…with no work whatsoever – just play.

KLOO’s Many Awards

KLOO has also won many awards – more than any other language game ever – and is the number 1 category best seller on …mainly because of reviews.

If you want a fun and effortless way to learn the foundations of French, Spanish, Italian or English…play KLOO. From £12.99 / $17.99

Watch this

Some people doubt that they can learn how to make grammatically correct sentences in a foreign language in seconds (about 10 seconds). They can. Watch this and have fun.

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Memory of new language lasts longer than fitness

Language Learning v Staying Fit – which is easier?

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Jog or Learn a Language?

My family has been moving house. Many say that moving house is one of the 5 most stressful things you can do…I agree. Especially when you have teenage children in tow.

When you move house for the first time in 16 years, everything else goes on hold – including this blog.

Now, 10 days, into our new place I am starting to turn to the things that I have neglected. Before the house move I had got into a daily rhythm of learning Italian…and also jogging a few times a week.  This week I returned to both and this is my observation. Your language learning holds up very well if you leave it for a couple of weeks…your fitness, at my age (50), doesn’t hold up half so well.  It was much easier getting back into Italian – in fact enjoyable. I had a nagging paranoia that everything I had learned was seeping away. It hadn’t….good to know. My jogging was much more arduous.

Another observation – nothing to do with language. Where do we get all this stuff from? I can honestly say we opened up some drawers and cupboards and most of what we found went to the charity shop, was recycled or to the dump.

And it felt good.

Kept my Italian books though!

If you want a really easy and fun way to learn a language – take a look at our KLOO language games. We have award winning games in French, Spanish and Italian.

And if you want a good book on jogging from sofa slouch to regular fitness…I read a book called Run Your Fat Belly Off (it’s not really fat but the title captured my lack of fitness last year). It’s good. Check it out.

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Holidays!! The best Opportunity to Learn a Language!

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Holidays!! Play and Learn a Language


There’s lots of talk about how immersing yourself in another language is the best way to learn a language. The reason is simple – when everyone is speaking a foreign language and all the messages and signs are foreign too…then your mind works overtime to understand what is happening around you.

But total immersion breaks are not possible for most people. We have busy lives and commitments and jobs! But holidays can be the next best thing if you are travelling abroad. You will be surrounded by foreign people, foreign signs, menus and media. You can use this foreign environment to plunge yourself into a foreign culture and take every opportunity you can to pick up the language.


But of course you don’t want it to turn into hard work  It is a holiday after all! So here’s a way of getting the best of both worlds.

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Double deck packs. Play 16 games and learn French.


KLOO has become a very popular as a travel game. Our handy-sized French double deck pack is the # 1 Best Selling Language Game on Amazon in the UK. And you know it’s fun because it  won the 2011 ToyTalk Best Board or Card Game of the Year and the Dr Toy Best Vacation Game in the USA. It’s just a great game for all the family.

So here’s a plan.

Pack your KLOO and play on your travels , in your hotel or on the beach. In no time you will be having fun, making sentences and learning words (watch this video below to see how). You’ll be amazed at how fast you pick up the language – and when you are on holiday – it reinforces the language you pick from your environment.


We have decks dealing with Food & DrinkPeoplePlacesClothes and Everyday Objects. And guess how many sentences you can make with each pack? 2.9 million sentences!! That’s because KLOO uses words as flexible building blocks to express yourself in a myriad of different ways – as opposed to than learning stock phrases from a phrasebook.  Buy 4 decks (two double deck packs) for £20 and pack 10 million sentences in your bag.


By treating language as a game, KLOO keeps your holiday fun! You can play with others or solitaire games on your own.  We have games in FrenchSpanish and Italian.

Pack a few decks and make the most of your language opportunity!

Bon Voyage!

PS To see how easy it is to play, watch this short animated video here

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Young girl shows learning a language is Child’s Play

How to speak a language – Children say it best

I had the privilege to visit Trafalgar Junior School in Richmond England recently to watch children learning Spanish with KLOO.  It was a really humbling to see such enthusiasm for the game – of both the young students and their wonderful teachers.  You can watch how the school uses KLOO here.

I enjoyed going round the tables and asking what they were learning. One girl set about explaining the game to me….as children often do – she made it so simple.

So this is how you make sentences with KLOO from a child’s perspective. And by following her rules you are ready to make 2.9 million sentences with one deck of KLOO cards.

KLOO is a multi-award winning game that makes learning Spanish, French or Italian fast, easy and fun. Following the video above you are already ready to make millions of sentences and start scoring points!

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Switching suddenly to another language never fails to impress

James Bond or Jason Bourne – Multi-linguals are common in Hollywood

How many times have we seen films in which the hero switches seamlessly and unexpectedly into a second language. James Bourne or James Bond. It’s a common Hollywood trick – along with playing chess – for suggesting high intelligence. I have recently been watching House of Cards and in Series 1, a billionaire suddenly starts talking Chinese on the phone. There were no subtitles but he seemed to be negotiating. Even though it was a TV stunt – I was impressed. It looked so cool and intelligent.

Learning a second language can be cool

You speak Russian Mr Bond

But don’t be fooled into thinking a second language is super human or beyond your reach. Second languages are actually common place are definitely within your reach. They can be attained with application and the right resources….

KLOO has some great language games in French Spanish and Italian to help get you started. You’ll learn hundreds of words and learn how to make sentences in seconds. Too good to be true? Nope…take a look at the animated videos below to see how easy it is. Even if you’re an absolute beginner.

Be like an action hero, learn a second language and have fun!

Then grab some great deals at our website.

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Multi-lingual Premiership Football Managers Trounce Mono-linguals

Mono v Multi-lingual Premiership football managers – who comes out on top?

Top managers learn second languagesIn today’s top flight football, teams are typically made up of players from many different countries. For that reason it is assumed that football managers that can communicate with their squads in more than one language have an advantage. The extent of that advantage, however, has never been measured.

Andrew Finan, owner of KLOO, a language games company, loves football and languages and he decided to dig deeper and see if there was any correlation between multilingualism and team performance.  The outcome was startling.

KLOO compared the performance of UK Premiership teams with multi-lingual managers (with a command of at least 2 languages), with teams managed by monolinguals. KLOO only looked at teams where the manager had stewardship for at least 30 premiership games so that he had the chance to impact their success in terms of league points.

The outcomes are quite astonishing in the way they predict team performance.

Football teams managed by multi-linguals managers

(No of languages of manager in brackets)

Arsenal (3),

Chelsea (5),

Liverpool (4)

Man City (2)

Everton (2)

Southampton (2)

All of the above teams are in the top half of the table with some vying for the title and others vying for European Places.

Football Teams managed by monolinguals

Aston Villa (1),

Manchester United (1),

Newcastle United (1),

Norwich City (1),

West Ham United (1),

Hull City (1)

All except two teams (Newcastle and Manchester United) are in the lower half of the table. Newcastle and Manchester United are commonly accepted to be under performing. No teams from the mono-lingual group are threatening to win the title or win a place in Europe.

Managing is the ability to motivate, gel a team together and communicate ideas. The research suggests that language ability is a key component to on the field success. When the board of directors of a football club are looking to recruit a new manager (Norwich are looking for a new manager after sacking monolingual Chris Hughton today), they may want to check his cv for evidence of language capability.

What do you think? Put your comments below. We would love to hear from you.

Turning language into a game…Learn a language through playing

Learn French with KLOO Race to Paris Board GamePerhaps those English mono-lingual managers think it is too hard to learn a language. It doesn’t have to be. Multi-award winning KLOO has turned language into a game to make learning fast, easy and fun. As you play – you learn.  You will learn to make grammatically correct sentences in seconds (watch this short how to play video to see how. And you can effortlessly learn hundreds of words as you play too.

How good is that? Our customers say its great – amazing even! Take a look at our Reviews on Amazon.

Then why not buy a game – have some fun – and start learning a language. You can even get voucher codes from the KLOO website which are valid today

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